So my boyfriend is now on tracheostomy and I believe he’s in a vegetative state as he sometimes moves his eyelids and opens his eyes? He takes deep breathes as well. Has anyone been in a vegetative state? If so, for how long (due to brain damage)
Tracheostomy and vegetative state : So my boyfriend... - ICUsteps
Hi, my father was in a coma after cardiac arrest which affected the brain due to lack of oxygen. He even opened his eyes but did not recognise us (i think) he could not speak, also had tracheostomy. He stayed like this for 4 weeks and had also to have dialysis before he passed. He was an elderly man with kidneys problems. Not sure how does it work for younger people. They may have more chance, hopefully. Good luck and take care.
I’m really sorry to hear this Areeba 😟 Often when a patient is in a vegetative state, they will remain that way. I’m so sorry to tell you that but it’s important you know. He may make small improvements over time but it’s unlikely he will ever be able to care for himself again or go back to the life he had before xx
Yes it’s not considered permanent until they have been in that state for over six months. I was like a baby when I first came round, had to learn to use a cup again, couldn’t work my phone, couldn’t walk. The body is amazing so you can never be sure what will happen. Just continue to be there for him like you have been doing xx
I do. My Doctors told my father that if I'll wake up from a coma, there's a chance that I will be on vegetative state due to the extensive damage on my brain, and the duration will all depends on me. It lasted for just a couple of days.
Please don't give up on him. I'm hoping for the best on his recovery. Stay strong, he needs you.