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13 Coma Survivors Explain What Their Unconscious Experiences Were Like

By Pippa Raga

We've all seen movies about people who land in comas after sustaining grave injuries or serious illnesses. And though we know comas are really hard on the patient's loved ones, we seldom get to see what it's like for the people who experience comas firsthand. 

From the outside, it can seem sad and perhaps a little scary to be in the same room as an unconscious body, but how much of their condition do coma patients really understand? Are they mentally there at all, or is it just the shells of them, with their consciousness floating somewhere above the room?

Thirteen people who've experienced comas opened up about their experiences, which seem to run the gamut.

Read on for a glimpse of what it's like to be in a coma.

1. Some patients compare it to being stuck in a really long dream.

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According to many coma survivors, the unconscious experience feels almost like a dream, at least in retrospect. One person said it was "kind of like a normal dream where you don't have any concept of time, but things seem to be happening." This person had "about four different dreams" in their less-than-a-week coma.

Another person who was in a coma for two and a half weeks said they didn't know they were in a coma "until [they] came back."

A third said they experienced dreams as well, but they weren't at all pleasant. "I had a very high temperature and dreamed about burning alive," they write. Absolutely horrible coma dreams we wouldn't wish on our worst enemy.

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