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There is basic need of revive the concept about persistent Vegetative state and minimally conscious state and their welfare depends for doing some thing for them. First important thing is to decide about consciousness of these patients.This field has still no visible development but this is now established that many of them may be conscious but due to loss of motor function they can not communicate so they are being treated as vegetable.

I agree with this, Jawad, and in the paper I talk some about how I think our ethical intuitions lead us astray on these states because of the epistemic limitations. Steven Laureys, for one, works on the issues you mention and you may be interested in his work.

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