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Boy treated in US returns home to Canada

A 15-month-old boy deemed to be in a permanent vegetative state who received treatment in the U.S. aimed at extending his life after it was denied to him in his native Canada left the St. Louis hospital that treated him on Thursday, doctors said. Full story

Coherent after coma? Not so sure

With a caretaker holding his hand, a Belgian man who was diagnosed as comatose for 23 years typed out a message Tuesday that he felt reborn after decades of loneliness and frustration. Full story

Man says emergence from ‘coma’ like rebirth

A Belgian man wrongly diagnosed as vegetative for 23 years told The Associated Press Tuesday that the discovery he was fully conscious brought him a feeling of rebirth. Full story

Man alert in 23-year-long coma

   Nov. 23: In a case that could renew right-to-die issues, a man in Belgium thought to be in a coma in 23 was actually awake and aware of his surroundings. Dr. Nancy Snyderman talks with Dr. Michael DeGeorgia and bioethicist Art Caplan.

People in vegetative state can learn

Patients in vegetative or minimally conscious states may not be able to speak for themselves or report that they are aware of their surroundings, but some can learn, according to a new study. Full story

Italy rules dad can end daughter’s life support

Italy’s highest court ruled Thursday in favor of a man’s request to disconnect his daughter’s feeding tube and allow her to die after 16 years in a vegetative state. Full story

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Supporters of a man trying to stop his comatose daughter from being kept alive artificially hold an Italian flag with a hole cut in the middle, during a demonstration outside the Senate building in Rome February 9, 2009. Inspectors on Monday visited an Italian clinic that has stopped feeding a comat

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Eluana Englaro

This file photo is a reproduction of an undated photo of Eluana Englaro, released by the Englaro family. Italian senators raced Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 to discuss a bill designed to keep Englaro, hosted in a clinic in Udine, northern Italy, from having her feeding tube disconnected, the latest twist in