Condition Change: Man Comes Out of Coma for Smell of Money

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Pic shows: Xiao Li who was in a coma for more than a year woke up after nurses wafted banknotes under his nose as he lay unconscious in his hospital bed. A man in a coma for more than a year woke up after nurses wafted banknotes under his nose as he lay unconscious in his hospital bed. Astonished medics in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, southern China, saw stricken Xiao Li twitch his fingers as he tried to snatch the 100 Yuan bills – each worth 10 GBP – while his eyelids flickered. Chief medic Dr Liu Tang said: «It was extraordinary – I’ve never seen anything like it in 20 years as a doctor.» He added: «We had asked his family what really drove him, and they were very clear that it was money.» Xiao had passed out after spending almost a week without sleep at an internet cafe researching business ideas. Dr Liu said: «When we learned about his fondness for money we experimented with notes and change. We found a crisp, new 100 Yuan note crumpled under his nose worked best. «Memories of smell and sound can be very powerful stimulants.» Now Xiao’s family are keeping up the therapy while he continues his slow recovery. Dr Liu explained: «He still has some way to go but he is making good progress.» (ends)