We love you Ryan, and will NEVER give up hope!!!!!
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I am really glad you have this website and that the article came out on CNN. Sending love and compassion to you and yours.
To Ryans Parents,
My heart goes out to you! Here is something to keep in mind. I hpe you might find this useful.
Pill ‘reverses’ vegetative state
The drug works on nerve cells in the brain
A sleeping pill can temporarily revive people in a permanent vegetative state to the point where they can have conversations, a study finds.
Zolpidem is usually used to treat insomnia.
South African researchers, writing in the NeuroRehabilitation, looked at the effects on three patients of using the drug for up to six years.
But one expert in neurological rehabilitation said it was possible the patients had a different condition.
This drug could be unmasking a condition from which people are able to wake up temporarily
Professor Mike Barnes, Hunters Moor Rehabilitation Centre
A person in a vegetative state will appear to be awake and may have their eyes open, but will show no awareness of their surroundings.
They will not be able to interact with other people, and will show no responses to sounds or things that happen around them.
But they will show signs of movement, and cycles of sleep and may be able to breathe on their own.
Each of the three patients studied was given the drug every morning.
An improvement was seen within 20 minutes of taking the drug and wore off after four hours, when the patients restored to their permanent vegetative state.
Patient L had been in a vegetative state for three years, showing no response to touch and no reaction to his family.
After he was given Zolpidem, he was able to talk to them, answering simple questions.
Patient G was also able to answer simple questions and catch a basketball.
Patient N had been “constantly screaming”, but stopped after being given the drug when he started watching TV and responding to his family.
Dr Ralf Clauss, now in the nuclear medicine department at the Royal Surrey Hospital was one of the researchers who carried out the study.
He told the BBC: “For every damaged area of the brain, there is a dormant area, which seems to be a sort of protective mechanism.
“The damaged tissue is dead, there’s nothing you can do.
“But it’s the dormant areas which ‘wake up’.”
He said drugs like Zolpidem activate receptors for a chemical called GABA in nerve cells in the brain.
When brain damage occurs, these receptors appear to change shape, so they cannot behave as normal.
He said the drug appeared to cause the receptors in these dormant areas to change back to their normal shape, triggering nerve cell activity.
Dr Clauss added: “We are carrying out further research. The next step is to get rid of the sleepiness effect of the drug.”
Mike Barnes, professor of neurological rehabilitation at the Hunters Moor centre in Newcastle, said it was possible that the patients had not had “true” PVS.
“A diagnosis of PVS means the patient should not wake up and respond.”
He said a study carried out by specialists 10 years ago had shown that up to 45% of patients diagnosed with PVS actually had a range of different conditions, from which they could wake up.
Professor Barnes added: “This drug could be unmasking a condition from which people are able to wake up temporarily.
“But if they did have PVS, it would be a remarkable finding, and certainly worth further research.”
“Lord, look on my Faith and not on my sins. I offer this pray for my brother, and your child Ryan. Loved by you from the beginning of time, and by his friends and family. I pray for courage for Ryan his Mother, Father and his family. I pray that he awaken by the power of your Holy Spirit. Let all that pray for him have increased faith. Hear all the prayers for this boy, and come to him with your healing heart of Mercy. Give to his family Hope,Faith and Love. Let them see your mighty hand in all that will happen. Thank you Lord, for hearing my prayer. I ask all of this in the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, AMEN”
You are admirable parents for the unconditional support and love you give to your son. I wish you well and look forward to the day I hear on the news that Ryan has woken up. Keep the faith and love!
Bret and Janine, so sorry to hear about Ryan.My prayers are with Ryan. Just wanted to pass on some information that might be helpful. My elderly Mother was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago,a nurse passed this information on to me ,it sounds strange but it works. To prevent the skin from breaking down in bed ridden patients, mix vasaline and powdered sugar. Mix until creamy ( it will be thick) then add a few drops of baby oil. This really works. I will be praying for all of you.
Hi, I just read about your son’s condition and I stand in agreement with you that he will be healed and restored.. The Lord has already healed him, just keep faith. I look at Andrew Wommack ministry and I beleive he can help bring about healing through our Lord. Please contact him. God Bless.
I’m on Face Book under my name. A group of us pray not only for one another but we post prayer requests. I have added your family to our prayer list. We all believe in the power of prayer and God’s intervention. I believe for your son’s recovery, nothing less. Our God does truly answer reign in heaven and on earth. Prayer for your whole family as well. You are welcome to visit me at Face Book. EE
Hi. I’m a follower of Christ, and a member of Mensa. Just received this fascinating article through Mensa BrainWave about a neuroscientist who believes he’s found a way to communicate with people in a persistent vegetative state. Perhaps you’ve seen this already; if not, and I were in your shoes, I’d take a look…
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