I left the hospital as "semi-vegetative" so I remain "semi-vegetative." What is that? I looked. There's no such thing. I'm only guessing, but the term was coined to describe a high functioning vegetative person. The only difference between "semi-vegetative" and MCS (Minimally Conscious State) I can think of is that "semi-vegetative" starts as vegetative. Someone can't recover from being vegetative. This is what allows some people to be terminated. This happened in a high profile case.
That case is one reason why I left medical facilities. (I've said many times I am doing a medical independent living. I got out rather early, but I knew how to use medical supply companies. I was probably expected to die soon and this situation now wouldn't have occurred.) The feeding tube is why I contacted my local ACLU. It wasn't protected while I was in care. The ACLU in Florida represented a vegetative person there. I wanted to keep my right to eat.
As for my physical body..."vegetables" are not invested in. Therefor I do the best I can to provide therapy, as my therapy skills revolve around the infant. I push to a stand and my "R"s sound less like "W"s.
The way it stands now, I am not conscious. I started as vegetative, and remain that way. In the eyes of the law I have not recovered. I have been not conscious for a long time.