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Posted 02 November 2012 - 00:21

A family in Pueblo is remembering the life of a little boy was considered a medical miracle. Nickolas Coke has died. He's the three year old was born without a brain.

Nickolas had anencephaly, meaning he was only born with a brain stem. Most babies with that condition are still born or die shortly after birth. But Nicholas lived a remarkable life.

Some of the final images of Nickolas Coke show him smiling at a pumpkin patch. "He was laughing because he thought it was funny that we couldn't get him to stay still enough to roll off the pumpkins.," said Sherri Kohut, Nickolas' grandmother.

Kohut believes Nickolas recently caught a virus. Early this morning she sensed something was wrong. "He woke up this morning around six. He was breathing really really bad," said Kohut.

Nickolas eventually stopped breathing. They gave him C.P.R., but after the third try Nickolas was gone. "They told us no more, let him go. So he died at 12:40 today. Peacefully," said Kohut.

The doctors never expected Nickolas to live longer than a few hours. We last spoke to his mother Sheena in July. "I think the love and caring that everyone gives him is making him stronger and making him live longer," said Sheena Coke.

They never focused on when the end might come, rather cherished and celebrated each day.

"He was never hooked up to any machines, no tubes, no nothing," said Kohut. "He taught us everything, he taught the love, how to be family. He taught us everything," she added. :wub:

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 00:27

Nice story. R.I.P. little guy.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 00:35

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 00:59

Farewell little scarecrow -- better life to you in the future. :cry:

Let's all stop to count our blessings once in a while ...

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:23

It is amazing how well the body can adapt to make do with what it has got.
Their is a young girl in the UK with half a brain (actually, one side was malformed and has since been surgically "disconnected" from the other side) and she seems to be leading a pretty normal life now.

Warning to the squeamish: Use wikipedia with caution.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:25

Let's all stop to count our blessings once in a while ...


Agreed. I doubt if any of us do that enough.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:53

I don't think I will be able to understand people like that.
I mean it is one thing raising a mentally deficient child.
But in this case, it is a brainless drooling bag of flesh.

So much money and effort wasted on nothing.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:08

What the hell is wrong with people? Just look at all those ridiculous GOD comments on the koaa.com page.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:22

What the hell is wrong with people? Just look at all those ridiculous GOD comments on the koaa.com page.

Mildly amusing!

However its an interesting case!
One does not need brain to survive.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:29

Don't see what the big deal is. Many people go on living without a brain, and surprisingly are even elected into office! :ermm:

But seriously, would like to have known more about this story.

Edit: nevermind, found the video.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:12

I hate to be the naysayer here, but there's no way that boy could do some of the things he has done with ZERO cerebrum. He'd be a complete vegetable. Talking, which they say he could do.... impossible w/o at least SOME cerebral tissue. Laughing? Smiling? Higher brain functions as well... I'm just sayin, he may have been bad, but there's no way he didn't have sat least ome cerebral tissue, the way he lived.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:29

I hate to be the naysayer here, but there's no way that boy could do some of the things he has done with ZERO cerebrum. He'd be a complete vegetable. Talking, which they say he could do.... impossible w/o at least SOME cerebral tissue. Laughing? Smiling? Higher brain functions as well... I'm just sayin, he may have been bad, but there's no way he didn't have sat least ome cerebral tissue, the way he lived.


I kind of agree, there's no way he could have been anything but dead with no brain at all.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:46

I hate to be the naysayer here, but there's no way that boy could do some of the things he has done with ZERO cerebrum. He'd be a complete vegetable. Talking, which they say he could do.... impossible w/o at least SOME cerebral tissue. Laughing? Smiling? Higher brain functions as well... I'm just sayin, he may have been bad, but there's no way he didn't have sat least ome cerebral tissue, the way he lived.


Exactly, zero brain = zero life. What he had was a malformed brain. Misleading story is misleading.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 08:56

I hate to be the naysayer here, but there's no way that boy could do some of the things he has done with ZERO cerebrum. He'd be a complete vegetable. Talking, which they say he could do.... impossible w/o at least SOME cerebral tissue. Laughing? Smiling? Higher brain functions as well... I'm just sayin, he may have been bad, but there's no way he didn't have sat least ome cerebral tissue, the way he lived.


I agree. He had to have some brain tissue to be able to move, emote, etc. That takes brain power. sorry to hear he is gone but the family I am sure have counted their blessing for this time.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:04

I hate to be the naysayer here, but there's no way that boy could do some of the things he has done with ZERO cerebrum. He'd be a complete vegetable. Talking, which they say he could do.... impossible w/o at least SOME cerebral tissue. Laughing? Smiling? Higher brain functions as well... I'm just sayin, he may have been bad, but there's no way he didn't have sat least ome cerebral tissue, the way he lived.


Not exactly, it could be similar to this in a way: http://en.wikipedia....eadless_Chicken

Except for the fact he had/has a head without a brain.