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How do people ‘wake up’ from comas?

A person in a coma can sometimes wake up months, years or even decades after they fell unconscious, seemingly out of nowhere. One of the longest cases is of Munira Abdulla, a woman who fell into a coma after a car accident in 1991 and awoke an astonishing 27 years later.

But what makes someone wake up from a coma — a prolonged state of deep unconsciousness?

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