Mystery as coma survivor Rom Houben finds voice at his fingertips

Linda Wouters | Source: The Times | Author: David Charter
Published 25 November 2009

Linda Wouters did not believe in miracles until she held Rom Houben’s twisted hand. Doctors had long insisted that the car crash victim had slipped into a deep coma but his therapist knew otherwise. At the care centre, 50 miles (80km) east of Brussels, where Mr Houben, 46, lives, Mrs Wouters spoke yesterday of his long journey back to the living and the controversial technique that enables him to communicate. After spending 23 years “locked…