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Most patients classified as vegetative do not seem to be aware of their surroundings. However, that is not always the case.
Some patients are not able to communicate in conventional ways, but studies being done with EEG machines show that they are far from brain-dead. So technically, these patients are not vegetative at all.
Communicating using EEG could mean reconnecting with loved-ones. It could also help doctors treat and care for patients more effectively.