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People Share What it Was Like to Be Stuck in a Coma

The Length of a Film “For me? it felt short, but not instant. It wasn’t like as if one minute I was in my mums car… Alexander Gabriel - July 30, 2023
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The Length of a Film

“For me? it felt short, but not instant. It wasn’t like as if one minute I was in my mums car and the next I was in a hospital bed. The actual coma felt as if it was the same time length as any film you go and see, it was calming I guess. It didn’t feel like an eternity nor did it feel like a sudden shock of impact to hospital bed, if you get what I’m saying. I distinctly remember hearing voices as if I was underwater, and colours, fading colours. If I recall I didn’t experience any dreams nor nightmares, it was relaxing which is weird to say. I woke up and realised I had been in a coma for three months.”

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Time Distortions

“When my grandfather was 12 (early 1940s), he contracted Polio and slipped into a coma for two weeks. He actually ended up missing his bar mitzvah. When I asked him about it, he said that his concept of time had been completely thrown off. When he woke up, he thought he was just waking up the next day. He said he had to force himself to realize that it was two weeks later because his internal clock had just picked up where it left off.”


Vacations That Never Happened

“My wife was in a coma for almost a month… While they were there we (kids and me) talked about or favorite vacations together… they both picked ‘Griswold style’ family trips to Arizona and New Mexico… long drives and lots of beautiful scenery… picked them over the Disney and other theme park trips we’ve had. Flash forward a couple of weeks… and she woke up with vivid memories of our latest family vacation. Seems the last half of the coma was basically one long trip to New Mexico and Arizona for her… Grand Canyon, Mountains, Desert… etc. It’s been over a year now and she still remembers many things that never happened…. as if they were completely real.”


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