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"joanne varian" Discussed on Room 20

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02:20 min | 11 months ago

"joanne varian" Discussed on Room 20

"What if no one knew who you were and you had lost the ability to tell them in coronado nursing home employees have cared for a man for years but they have no idea who he is late changed in an instant stint for one man. It happened in the california desert nearly two decades ago on a clear morning in june. He's been kept alive on life support ever since i remember hearing the the cars crashing because you could hear for my bedroom. My name is joanne varian. I'm an investigative reporter and i spent nearly two years trying to figure out how a teenager ended up unconscious an unidentified for so long and how we came to be known only by the name sixty six garage to think that there's a family out there that just has no idea what happened to their son their brother their uncle <hes> <hes> he couldn't even have children that he just disappeared off the face of the earth for certain they had no idea piecing together sixty six garages story will make me question region what i thought i knew about consciousness. Make me question what i thought i knew about my own family so only went to pick her up at the airport. I remember brielle. Get jumped up on this one but i remember the first thing. She said she's two. Oh it's a story about connection and what makes us human ban. It's about resilience and finding hope in the most unexpected places. This is room twenty a new podcast from the l._a. Times studios understands so talk <music> <music> <music>.

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"joanne varian" Discussed on Room 20

Room 20

10:05 min | 11 months ago

"joanne varian" Discussed on Room 20

"One we can in february of twenty sixteen while i'm out of town. I get a text message from a number. I don't recognize the text is vote of agnosio with his a sister who leanna at aside his hair has been trimmed close to a scalp and he's freshly shaven. He's looking straight into the camera with a crooked grin who leanna leanna has her hand on his shoulder and she's smiling and there's another person next to julia anna who i recognize mexico's consul general in san diego <hes> who he and his flight from ohio to san diego was risky because she's undocumented if she had been questioned by immigration officials along the way she could have been deported leaving her three u._s. Born children behind so the consulate provided who leanna with the mexican passport and an escort traveled with her the even had an attorney on standby standby just in case some of the nursing assistants. Tell me later they believe agnosio recognized juliana. I want to believe that to that. Agnosio knows that he's no longer alone. I'm joanne varian. This is chapter six the final chapter of room twenty a new podcast from the l._a. Times studios it's it's about a man called sixty six garage who lay in a hospital bed for fifteen years on identified and about how my search for his name and the circumstances stances that put him in the sandiego nursing home changed not just his life but change my life to room twenty is brought to you by a._d._t. What what does real protection mean for you with a._d._t. It means you can get all of the latest innovations in smart home security combined with twenty four seven monitoring from the most trusted name in home security plus. It's custom a team of professionals will design and install a secure smart home just for you and your needs nothing more and now you can get at safety on the go in the car while your kids are at school or while. You're on vacation the a._d._t. Go app allows you to know exactly what's going on in your house even when you're not there. There's a reason a._t. Is the nation's number one smart home security provider visit a._t._t. Dot com slash podcast to learn more about how a._d._t. You can design and install a secure smart home just for you eighty real protection. There's a latin word for self sadie that describes the essence essence of a person's being a uniqueness as original as a snowflake. Is it possible for that. Essence still exist even if a person is so brain undamaged that his body fails him in nearly every way what if agnosio is still in there but he has no way of telling anyone. This is the question. I still still needed answered. I decided to ask one of the world's top neuroscientists adrian owen in february twenty sixteen. I spend a day in his lab at the brain in in mind institute at western university in ontario canada. I sit close searches so i get better audio. <hes> adrian is in his early fifties british with a messy punk rock haircut. He's best known for scanning the brain of a vegetative patient named kate back in nineteen ninety-seven and <hes> we showed k. pitches have friends and family and brain lit up as yours and mine would if we were looking at pictures of our friends and family and no one had done this before scam on the brain of a person in a vegetative state to look for signs of consciousness doctors usually diagnose consciousness by asking patients to respond to commands like squeeze a hand move a finger blink an eye if a patient can't do those things she's considered unresponsive for vegetative after adrian scan gann kate. He began his research into consciousness and he was driven by the question. What if a person's mind still works but she can't make her body do what she wanted to to do. How would anyone ever know if she was still in their adrian has scanned hundreds of people since kate and he's learning something kind of shocking about one in five people who are diagnosed as vegetative is actually fully conscious. <hes> you know i mean the point. Is that your physical appearance. The all the the the behavior that you exhibit upon which your clinical diagnosis is based can be very misleading. Adrian's experiments work like this patient's life flat under an m._r._i. Machine and adrian gives them instructions when you hear the word tennis from what you should do is to really imagine imagine. You're playing a game of tennis. Just keep imagining playing tennis if their brains are working normally a specific region lights up when they picture themselves themselves playing tennis next. They're told to imagine walking around their house. Another part of the brain lights up adrian then asks yes and no questions to answer. No adrian tells patients to magin playing tennis for yes. They're supposed to picture their house being able to respond yes and no that can give patients who've lost control over their bodies some control over their lives. They can answer questions like are you in pain. Do you want the t._v. On john do you want the lights off the nightmare scenario for me in these patients imagining what is like to have no control over any aspect of your environment armant. Every decision is made for you. That's the real nightmare i think and you know i think we can return some of that some of that autonomy to to outpatient just by asking simple questions so what if agnosio is one of those people like kate trapped in a body that doesn't work or maybe he's someplace. Jason between a kind of limbo adrian describes consciousness as a spectrum on one end. You have no awareness like when you're knocked out during surgery when you wake up. There's no sense that time has passed. No dreams remembered justin. Nothingness the other end is right now you listening paying attention to my voice understanding these words and their meaning hearing the music in the background sometimes people color diagnosed as minimally conscious. They move in and out of awareness. Maybe for minutes early seconds at a time. Take agnosio smile. Sometimes he'll smile on. That could be a reflex. Maybe he smiles the wool. Maybe he smiles at her clock. Maybe he smells anything. That's all maybe he you just smiles. You adrian is working on a new study. He wants to scan two hundred and fifty people who've been diagnosed as being in a vegetative state of course i want him to come to the villa and scandic lossio. I think you need to go there and scan everybody. We could impractical liam -gistically work out. Adrienne tells me if he can't come. There's another neuroscientist one in california who might be able to help. I spend most of early twenty sixteen away from the villa out of town and working on other projects when i finally go back it's as though the time has stopped for agnosio hooley. Anna hasn't been able to visit again. The trip from ohio is too expensive and too risky the baby toys. I brought agnosio issue or stuffed into the bottom drawer of his nightstand. Papa is still here in his bed by the door. He sleeps most of the time now but omar the roommate in the middle bed. He's changing. He's put on weight and when i visit he's usually propped up in his bed watching television division one day i hear omar tried to clears throat and it startles me. He's a tracheostomy tube in his throat so so he's not supposed to be able to do that and i hear something else. He's making a deep humming sound. I go over to omar's bed and they asked him to make that sound for me. <hes> <hes> at kirkpatrick the head of the nursing home had told me that omar was mute that is brain injury meant. He'd never speak speak but it was wrong. <hes> <hes> <hes> this is the sound of omar declaring that he still exists and suddenly there's a little bit of hope open room twenty enough to keep me coming here for the next six months. I do exactly what i did with agnosio. I look for clues about omar's life. How is it that he's never had a visitor in the six months. He's been at the villa. I find the cop who was the first on the scene of omar's accident and find his old high school and a cousin cousin new promises. She'll visit but never dies. I find the house where he grew up parkin front the never find the courage to knock on the door. What would i say. I realize sitting in my car that knowing omar's life story before he came to room twenty won't change what happened to him. Just like knowing what happened to agnosio at that intersection in southern california won't make him better so i do. The only thing that seems to make sense i arri to them to papa to omar and to agnosio stephen king short stories the old man and the sea little prince choosed as with maury. They watch it nauseous faces. I read. He looks like a child about to fall asleep. I don't think he understands the words although the sound of them them seemed to comfort him but omar does seem to understand and he's learning to speak say hi. Do you.

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"joanne varian" Discussed on Room 20

Room 20

02:20 min | 1 year ago

"joanne varian" Discussed on Room 20

"What if no one knew who you were and you had lost the ability to tell them in coronado nursing home employees have cared for a man for years but they have no idea who he is late changed in an instant stint for one man. It happened in the california desert nearly two decades ago on a clear morning in june. He's been kept alive on life support ever since i remember hearing the the cars crashing because you could hear for my bedroom. My name is joanne varian. I'm an investigative reporter and i spent nearly two years trying to figure out how a teenager ended up unconscious an unidentified for so long and how we came to be known only by the name sixty six garage to think that there's a family out there that just has no idea what happened to their son their brother their uncle <hes> <hes> he couldn't even have children that he just disappeared off the face of the earth for certain they had no idea piecing together sixty six garages story will make me question region what i thought i knew about consciousness. Make me question what i thought i knew about my own family so only went to pick her up at the airport. I remember brielle. Get jumped up on this one but i remember the first thing. She said she's two oh. It's a story about connection and what makes us human.

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