It was found out that Rom Houben, 46, was actually awake for the 23 years he spent in a misdiagnosed vegetative state. The misdiagnoses came after a car crash that left him completely paralyzed.
"I screamed, but there was nothing to hear" says Rom. All those years able to hear everyone around him, but unable to reach out; "frustration is too small a word to describe what I felt," he said. One can only imagine the horror.
"All that time I literally dreamed of a better life" Rom said. Now his dreams have come true with Dr. Laureys, a neurological expert, who discovered his misdiagnosis. Now Rom can tap out digital messages and read books in his "second birth".