My friend was healthy and normal. There was a sudden bleeding in her brain due to an AVM and went through a serious brain surgery. Now around 3 weeks she is in a coma status. How can I understand this in Buddhism. Does she hear us? Can she feel what is going on? Is she in pain? Thank you.

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Whether a person can hear, see, smell, taste etc. while in a coma is probably a question for medical science.

From a Buddhist perspective, it can be seen as a case of senses being shut off as in when you are in deep sleep. Only Bhavaanga Cittas(life continuum) are present in deep(dreamless) sleep.

Alternatively, it could just be a case of the patient not being able to respond in anyway. Here's such an instance.

The situation is probably different from patient to patient.

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    Thank you very much, specially for the encouraging example case given.
    – Hwathanie
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 9:26

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