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25 February 2011

Most 'locked-in' patients are happy, finds survey

People with locked-in syndrome are fully conscious but can't move or communicate, except through eye movements or blinking. Patients with the condition can live for decades.

Most "locked-in syndrome" patients - a condition caused by brain stem injury - claim to be happy, according to a new study.

Even though more than half of the patients acknowledged severe limitations on their ability to lead a normal life as a member of their community and 20% said they couldn't take part in everyday activities that they considered important, 72% of the patients said they were happy.

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