Border Line

A seemingly brain-dead young man makes a startling recovery, and a neuroscientist tries to find out why.

Stephen arrived home around midnight after spending the evening with friends. Hours later, his mother, Helen, heard strange sounds coming from the 19-year-old’s bedroom. She found him lying face down on his bed. He had choked on his own vomit, most likely as a result of alcohol intoxication. He wasn’t breathing. Stephen sustained severe brain damage due to lack of oxygen for 10 to 15 minutes. Two months later he was declared to be in a persistent vegetative state. People in this cond...

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