Richard Rudd blinked to ‘come back from the dead’July 14th, 2010 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 14 (ANI): Richard Rudd had been declared brain dead with no chance of survival after a fatal motorbike accident.
He had always said that if anything happened to him, the last thing he would want is a life support system. So his father also gave permission for his life support system to be taken off at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
But soon hospital staff noted that Rudd had begun to blink his eyes, and when the doctor asked him if he wanted to live, Rudd blinked ‘yes’ three times.
Now nine months on, he can move his head from side to side and smile at his family.
Professor David Menon was in charge of his care at Addenbrooke’s.
“He had severe injuries to his brain and we could not communicate with him. The outcome was thought to be very bleak indeed,” The Telegraph quoted Menon as saying.
“When, after a period of waiting, he showed voluntary movement of his eyes, everything changed,” he added.
Rudd’s case again raises the controversial case of euthanasia.
“We said that knowing Richard, there was no way in a million years that he would want to live with his injuries,” Rudd’s 60-year-old father said.
“But doctors wanted to wait a little bit longer.
“The doctor held open his eyelids and asked him to move his eyes if he could hear and was awake. He moved his eyes around, so we knew he wasn’t brain dead,” he said.
“It might not be the same Richard that we started out with, but at least he’s still coping because he still smiles when we talk about the past or when he sees his children,” he added. (ANI)
- Briton defeats death with blink of an eye - Jul 14, 2010
- Aruna Shanbaug will live: Supreme Court (Roundup) - Mar 07, 2011
- Baby Falak's chances of survival bleak: Doctor - Feb 02, 2012
- Supreme Court clarifies on active, passive euthanasia - Mar 07, 2011
- Computer chip used to make rat blink - Sep 25, 2011
- Paralysed Briton asks court to allow him to die - Nov 30, 2011
- Acid victim finds hope in new surgeries (with Images) - Aug 30, 2012
- Medical fraternity: Aruna Shanbaug has right to live (Lead) - Mar 07, 2011
- Artificial muscle may offer ray of hope to patients with facial paralysis - Jan 19, 2010
- Baby Falak critical, next 48 hours till Thursday crucial (Lead) - Jan 31, 2012
- British teen comes alive after being brain dead - Apr 25, 2012
- Falak continues to battle for life, three arrested in case (Roundup) - Feb 02, 2012
- Baby Falak critical, battles for life (Lead) - Feb 01, 2012
- Three arrested in Falak's case as she battles for life (Second Lead) - Feb 01, 2012
- Supreme Court to examine mercy killing plea - Jan 24, 2011
Tags: brain, cambridge, case of euthanasia, controversial case, dead london, doctors, eyelids, hospital staff, july 14, little bit, menon, million years, motorbike accident, nine months, professor david, rudd, s hospital, telegraph, three times, voluntary movement