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2006-01-19 16:40:54

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2006-01-19 16:20:54

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Officials on Thursday suspended plans to end life support for an 11-year-old girl beaten into a coma, saying her condition had changed, just two days after a court cleared the way for her to be allowed to die.

2006-01-18 14:40:18

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' officials and doctors were deciding on Wednesday when to end life support for an 11-year-old girl beaten into a vegetative state, following a court ruling that she had a right to die.

2006-01-18 12:33:55

BOSTON (Reuters) - An 11-year-old girl beaten so badly she is in a permanent vegetative state can be taken off life support, Massachusetts' top court has ruled in a case that adds fuel to America's divisive "right to die" debate.

2006-01-05 12:59:05

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was under sedation on Thursday following surgery for a massive brain hemorrhage, was not in a vegetative state and had retained brain and heart functions, Israeli television said.

2006-01-05 12:46:54

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was under sedation on Thursday following surgery for a massive brain hemorrhage, was not in a vegetative state and had retained brain and heart functions, Israeli television said.

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2005-12-24 09:50:00

When is a coma nothing like a coma? When it's a fictional coma, as depicted on the wildly popular daytime dramas warming the electronic hearths of America's living rooms.

2005-12-06 19:26:54

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - A man facing a possible murder charge for beating his stepdaughter so badly she is in a permanent vegetative state asked Massachussetts' top court on Tuesday to keep her alive in a case that highlights the divisive "right to die" issue in America.

2005-10-05 13:34:46

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - An Italian man who spent two years supposedly unconscious in a deep coma, written off by doctors as nearly-dead, awoke saying he heard and understood everything happening around him during the long ordeal, his family said.

2005-09-08 14:45:00

Mayo Clinic neurologists have created the first new, reliable and easy-to-use clinical tool in 30 years for measuring coma depth, a proposed replacement for the Glasgow Coma Scale. The new scoring system, called the FOUR (Full Outline of UnResponsiveness) Score, will be described in the October issue of Annals of Neurology, to be published online Friday, Sept. 9.


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aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
The word 'aphotic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'without' and 'light'.
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