'Hopeless' coma victim awakens

June 27, 2007 at 11:30 AM
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PHOENIX, June 27 (UPI) -- A Phoenix man who was injured so badly in a car accident his wife wanted to discontinue life support has regained consciousness and basic communications.

On May 30, Jesse Ramirez and his wife were riding in his SUV having an argument when he flipped the vehicle and both of then were thrown from the vehicle.

Doctors said the extent of Ramirez's brain injuries were so bad, he would likely end up blind or in a vegetative state, and on June 8, his wife, Rebecca Ramirez asked to discontinue life support, the Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.

However, his family challenged that in court, and a Maricopa County, Ariz., Superior Court judge ordered the tubes reconnected and appointed an independent attorney to mediate between the families and to talk to the doctors, the newspaper said.

Tuesday, an agreement was struck to transfer decision-making from Ramirez's wife to a court-appointed guardian.

All parties were ordered not to speak to the media.

Ramirez is able to kiss and hug, sit in a chair and answer yes and no questions, and is awaiting transfer to a hospice, the newspaper said.

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