A man with a brain injury can move and talk again after eight years thanks to sleeping pill

‘Akinetic’ refers to the inability to move consciously. Mutism stands for the absence of speech. The condition is uncommon. Presumably less than a hundred people in the Netherlands suffer from akinetic mutism. Not only people with this condition can benefit from the sleeping aid. Patients with aphasia or a presumed consciousness disorder sometimes also benefit from it.

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