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Choked in sleep, medical coma, lowered body temperature. Is yawning a bad sign?

My brother chocked in his sleep. His heart stopped beating the doctors are informing us that he was starved of oxygen for 30 minutes. The hospital put my brother into a medical coma and lowered his body temper. He started fitting once he was taken out of the coma but that has now been controlled. Yesterday he started yawning. Is this a good sign? He is not on any sedative now and for the last 24 hours we have tried to wake him up.
Asked On : Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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Thanks for your query.
Chocking in sleep suggests sleep apnea in which patient has difficulty in breathing due to obstruction in airway by soft tissue or brain fails to send signals. Beside that cardiac arrest or stroke can also chock the patient. In all cases brain may starve for oxygen leading to fits and coma.
It can be very difficult to predict recovery when a person is a coma. Every person is different and it is best to consult with your doctor.
Patients in coma may yawn, chew, swallow, and (in rare cases) make guttural noises.All these are all reflexes mediated at the level of the brain stem—not the brain cortex. So it is difficult to judge the recovery.
Hope He will get well soon.
Take Care!
Answered: Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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