For the first time, deep-brain stimulation, using a brain pacemaker, was used on a patient in a minimally conscious state. The pacemaker, which uses two electrodes to send impulses into a part of the brain regulating consciousness, was implanted in the 38-year-old man enabling him to chew his food, watch a movie and talk with family for the first time in six years (when he was hit on the head in a robbery).
Implications - The brain pacemaker that woke a man who was nearly dead is certainly a breakthrough in the tech and health care communities. Electrodes were inserted into the man's brain and the 36-year-old was revived from his state of near-vegetation. This is a remarkable discovery that could have drastic implications for patients.