A national service: coma to community
Until recently, the fate of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) was gloomy. It was assumed, that once they survived the acute state, nothing more could be done, despite their normal estimated life expectancy, especially in cases of penetrating brain lesions [1–4] uncomplicated by post-traumatic epilepsy. Conroy and Kraus  summarized their experience by stating that ‘people [with TBI] who are discharged alive from the hospital have survival comparable to that of the population they came from’.
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