In a sudden turn of events, Vanja (43) was rushed to the hospital due to his health condition. Just hours after being admitted, doctors discovered him unconscious on the toilet floor. The cause? A fig he was eating got stuck in his throat, cutting off oxygen to his brain and leaving him in a coma.
The family’s world crumbled as they grappled with the reality of Vanja’s situation. The first 15 days were filled with fear and despair as doctors told them he wouldn’t make it. But then, everything changed. They asked when they could take him home, leaving Vera Gudac to compare Vanja’s condition to a piece of furniture that had lost its purpose.
Vanja responds best to music, videos, and audio messages for Tatjana Popović Naglić. For her cousin Vlado Naglić, every picture and video he receives is like soul food for him – a glimmer of hope for a better tomorrow. Popović Naglić invites everyone who has heard Vanja’s story to send a message – whether it’s reading his story or just sending a greeting – as she believes it can stimulate his brain and provide some comfort in these trying times.
Marina Raguž, a neurosurgeon at the Dubrava Clinical Hospital, confirms that messages can indeed help stimulate the brain and encourages families to talk to their loved ones in comas, play music for them, and do anything else that might help them recover faster. She also shares some bizarre cases where this method has been successful in waking up patients from deep comas – including one child who choked on a pill and another who suffocated after blowing up a balloon.
To be considered for this experimental method of treatment, patients must meet certain neurophysiological, neuroradiological, and clinical criteria – meaning that their brains must communicate with their bodies through signals while they are also in good enough physical condition to undergo various radiological tests. Despite these challenges, Raguž believes there should be more research into this area as many people like Vanja are left without adequate care or attention from society.
In conclusion, Vanja’s story serves as an important reminder of the need for more comprehensive care for those suffering from severe health conditions like him. With ongoing research into experimental methods of treatment like deep brain stimulation and support from loved ones playing music or sending messages, there may be hope for those who have been left on the margins of society by their illnesses or disabilities.
However, it is crucial that we continue pushing for more resources towards treating such individuals adequately so they can receive the care they deserve – whether it’s through establishing large neurorehabilitation centers or advocating for greater accessibility to medical treatments that can help them regain some semblance of control over their lives once again.