My Grandmother had a major ischemic stroke 3 months ago. This first stroke was then followed by a major bleed in her basal artery. Immediately following these strokes she was in a semi coma for 2-3 days, with no responses at all. Some improvement was then seen in her; such as a response to us and questions we ask her, an new ability to move her non-stroked side and better hand coordination (she can move her right side) and she open and see out of one eye (her left eye). She has also recoved the ability to move her hed, to nod or shake her head to questions. However, her recovery goes up and down, as since in hospital she has had aspirate pneumonia and Clostridium difficile, so she is currently very weak, although this most recent week she has een showing signs that she is gettig her strength back. We were therefore delighted when on Saturday she opened her right eye, and indicated that she could see with it. This eye has been closed for 3 months, and initially a neurologist informed us that she would never open it again. We do not know what to make of this. Does this suggets that she is being to recover in hte stroked side of her brain (the right side as I understand). One of the nurses in the hospital she is in told us it happened by "chance". Are we getting our hopes up unrealistically? I would be really grateful for any answers you could give us.