Thursday, August 10, 2017

Juan Torres: Another Member of the ‘Miraculous’ Coma Recovery Club

Miracle Girl: Juan Torres: Another Member of the ‘Miraculous’ Coma Recovery Club
Is God handing out miraculous coma cures like candy?Juan Torres's recovery was more remarkable than mine. Doctors gave up on another now-recovered man.
But how many others have their plugs pulled?


  1. Coma is actually something very serious and the patients go through a lot. Im truly inspired by your idea of sharing your brave journey to recovery with us.

  2. what an inspiration this man is. your blog always keeps reminding me to never give up. to always strive for another chance till your last breath. it brings tears to my eyes. what anamazing job you are doing

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. And, yes, Juan is an inspiration. He's just starting out on his adult life, so his second chance is especially meaningful. I hope he makes the most of it.

  3. Excellent article! We are linking to this particularly great article on our website. Keep up the great writing.


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In July of 2013, I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died. When I awoke from the coma, I could barely lift my head. It has been a hard road to recovery. The doctors advised my loved ones to give up all hope for my full recovery, but while they were shining lights in my eyes to gauge my level of consciousness, I was telling them grumpily to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to my coma-dream. I was experiencing covert cognition, and the coma-dream was my version of a near-death experience. I'm a skeptic, so I saw surreal images instead of spirits or dead loved ones. According to my research, as many as one in five people with consciousness disorders have covert cognition.

Not a miracle recovery, but a miracle of modern medicine

In 2013 I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died after I contracted legionella. The Legionnaire's disease was in turn triggered by immunosuppression caused by the prednisone I was taking for my rare autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis.

I suffered a series of strokes on both sides of my brain when the sepsis caused my blood pressure to plummet. I fell into a deep coma. My kidneys and lungs began to fail, as my body was began dying one organ at a time. My doctors told my loved ones to give up hope for my full recovery. They expected me to die, and even if I somehow lived, I would remain a vegetable or at best left so hopelessly brain-damaged that I would never be same. But unbeknownst to them, while they were shining lights in my eyes and shaking their heads, I was telling them in my coma-dream--my secular version of a near-death experience--to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep. I was experiencing what is known as covert cognition, the subject of my Skeptical Inquirer article "Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience," which appeared in their July/August issue.

But it wasn't a miracle--despite what so many continue to believe--that I recovered so fully. I owe my life not to God, but the miracles of modern medicine, as well as the nature of the watershed-area brain damage I suffered, as I detailed in my article and in this blog.