Sunday, August 28, 2011

No Science Sunday: Ambien Restores Speech For An Hour

A vibrant 24-year old man with cystic fibrosis suffers two massive strokes after headbutting a soccer ball. Doctors said the entire intellectual and visual area of his brain were essentially wiped out, and he would live his life as a vegetable. However, a medicine known as Ambien in the United States and Stilnox in Austrailia is able to restore his speech for an hour a day.

Their struggle, their remarkable spirit, and the bond Sally and Sam share is awesome. Awesome is definitely an overused word, but its use is appropriate here.

29 scientific replies:

Gareth Thomas said...

What a grim situation, but I guess there's hope!

my day in a sentence said...

There always *is* hope. And this alone is small scale miracle.

Linux and Life said...

I really dont know playing soccer can be that dangerous. Poor guy!

Max Silver said...

Okay, that's badass!

Sketchar said...

This is really hard to explain, but then again, doesn't need to be explained, at least he can have some extra happiness.

Inverse said...

One of the reasons I love science, it makes things like this possible.

GMSoccerPicks said...

Little short of time right now. When i have some spare time i will make sure to watch it and let you know what i think.

Michael Westside said...

Probably because it stimulates his right part of the brain while shutting down the parts that's damaged. If i get trapped in my body like that. Kill me. I'm serious. Either shoot me up with a shitload of drug all the time or kill me.

My 2 Pesos said...

I'm never playing football. :/

Bersercules said...

This would make a good movie! Scientists trying to help someone, will they sucseed will they fail! Its pretty intense!

Timothy Bowen said...

I had a very close friend named David.
He got into a car accident.
He was paralyzed and basically a vegetable.
Before he died, they tried using ambien to help him speak again.
It had some pretty amazing effects, and gave us all hope.

Shockgrubz said...

Wow. Guess they can add that to the list of side effects.

Natural One said...

Man that's horrible, at least there's a glimmer of hope.

Zach said...

Saw this on reddit.... can't lie, I teared up a bit.

Heaven. said...

That's amazing!

icycooL said...

This is such a sad story, but it's incredible how this works. Hopefully they can use this to create something more powerful.

M Fawful said...

Such a fascinating story, thanks for posting.

BDTC said...

Wow! Even though its just for an hour a day, I'm sure they're learning from that one hour, and could possibly increase the time to two, three, hell maybe in four hours!

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

Y'know, I was bed-ridden for six months in constant, soul-numbing pain in a leg immobilizer until my insurance cleared up and I was FINALLY able to get surgery...then it was another six months STILL being bed-ridden while I slowly regained the lost muscles in my leg. Then came the painfully twice-a-week physical therapy and home exercises...

Suffice it to say, I had my Partner-In-Crime there the entire time. She went through stuff for me that I'll probably never feel I could pay her back fully for...until the day she needs me in the same way.

I can only hope that I can face it better than she did...mainly 'cuz I'm that competitive a type, y'knowwhatI'msayin'?

info said...

After many years of waking up 4-5 times a nightI was prescribed Ambien,the generic.I have used it for about 10 months.For me it was a god sent.I started taking it a few times a week,now i take it every night.I've had no bad side effects,just I can't sleep without it now.I feel so much better during the day,which gives me the ability to handle stress better.

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