MUNICH (Reuters Health) – A young woman left in a coma for
six years after she collapsed at school has started to respond to the world
around her after her mother took her to see her pop star hero Bryan Adams perform
Christiane Kittel, now 24, was left in a vegetative
state after her collapse on 12 June 1997. Doctors believe her condition was
caused by a combination of hot weather, a hereditary hemophilia condition and
side-effects of the contraceptive pill.
Strange, usually Bryan Adams’ singing has the opposite effect. One day when I become the Word Czar I am going to strike the term vegetative from being used to describe people in a coma. Isn’t the word coma descriptive enough?