Coma patient in Thailand is flown back

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Coma patient in Thailand is flown back to Germany.

(09/19/2010) A German 39-year-old coma patient was cared for in a Thai hospital for eleven months. Today, after a long wait, the man is finally flown to Germany in the Bavarian city of Bamberg.

The coma patient spent eleven months in a hospital in Thailand. Relatives could not pay for the transfer. Many media previously reported that the man had been "forgotten" in Thailand. But now relatives were able to raise enough funds through a fundraiser so that the person affected can be brought to their home in Bavaria. This was only possible through the many donations. The flight must be looked after by a doctor and costs a total of 10,000 euros. According to the Thai clinic, the plane has already started and is on its way to Germany.

Just over 11 months ago, on October 25, 2009, the man was taken to hospital for a head injury at the Hat Yai City Airport. The patient then fell into a coma. The clinic and German authorities had always tried to find a solution in advance. At the beginning of August the hospital, the patient slowly wakes up from the coma. However, the man could not speak yet. The state of health is appropriate to the circumstances.

A coma is an expression of a severe disorder or damage to the cerebral function. The comatose condition is life-threatening for those affected. A coma is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of brain damage. The further medical prognosis depends on the patient's health care. (sb)

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