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What happened to the real patients in Awakenings?

Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) and his patient Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro). In the film, Sayer uses a drug designed to treat Parkinson's Disease to awaken catatonic patients in a Bronx hospital. Although Leonard completely awakens, the results are temporary, and he reverts to his catatonic state.

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Just so, what happened to the patients in Awakenings?

He administers it to catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe and the rest of the patients are awakened after decades and have to deal with a new life in a new time. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

One may also ask, is Dr Sayer still alive? Oliver Sacks, doctor of 'Awakenings' and poet laureate of medicine, dies at 82. Oliver Sacks, the world-renowned neurologist and author who chronicled maladies and ennobled the afflicted in books that were regarded as masterpieces of medical literature, died Aug. 30 at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.

Moreover, what happens to Leonard in Awakenings?

Leonard Lowe is the fact-based character played by Robert De Niro in the new film “Awakenings.” As a young boy he contracted an encephalitic sleeping sickness. Almost 30 years later, an experimental drug woke him up. Eventually the drug failed and Lowe returned to his coma.

Is encephalitis Lethargica still around?

The disease attacks the brain, leaving some victims in a statue-like condition, speechless and motionless. Between 1915 and 1926, an epidemic of encephalitis lethargica spread around the world. No recurrence of the epidemic has since been reported, though isolated cases continue to occur.

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