I have been lurking for a while, thought I would ask to find if anyone is in a state similar to my brother. My Engineer brother had cardiac arrest age 51, 30 min no heartbeat, about 3-5 min without CPR (had cpr the rest of time, thanks to heroic teen son). 13 day coma with anoxic brain injury categorized as severe. Came out and improved to his current state (7 months post arrest), which is: can walk, can run, can feed self, can do most toileting but needs help pulling up and fastening pants or wiping, cannot drive, cannot see as well as before, slow thinking/processing, can barely read, cannot write, cannot use computer, can only use a phone in basic sense, like answering a call or reading a text (all else is beyond him). Has a lot of problems doing things: cannot put shoes on, cannot tie shoes, spends 15 minute getting a T-shirt on (it is like a difficult puzzle to him). Pants and coats are still beyond his capacity. When presented with a letter, he turns it over and over trying to figure out how to open it. Cannot use TV remote control. Cannot cook. He can get a bowl of cereal for himself, albeit messily. Very Very Depressed, as he was a successful engineer and that is all over.
Question: Is there anyone, ANYONE on this list that was in the same boat, or knows someone in similar state, who got much better? Or is this sort of state a very unusual one? I read here about people minimal responsive or vegetative state, and I read posts from people who had a brain injury, but who are now able to use a computer and drive and work. Does anyone know about someone in my brother's in-between state who got better? If yes, to what extent? Driving, cooking, working? Looking for hope.