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靠眨眼上大学 瘫痪母亲的励志人生 [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2014-8-7 11:28:40 |Display all floors
A mother left unable to walk or talk after suffering a massive stroke has defied the odds to complete a university degree - by blinking.

Dawn Faizey Webster was left with locked-in syndrome after the attack in 2003, two weeks after her son Alexander was born.

The condition is where a patient is fully-aware and awake - but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all muscles in the body, except for the eyes.

Incredibly, the former teacher, then 30, discovered she could still communicate through her eyes and tiny head movements.

She has now achieved a 2:2 degree in Ancient History and written an autobiography - all thanks to a specialised laptop that translates her eye movements into text.
Ms Faizey Webster, now 42, worked three-hours a day on the degree, nudging buttons either side of her head to move the cursor on the screen and blinking to register the letters.

Six years on, she has completed the course with honours and is now hoping to tackle a Masters in History of Art.

Ms Faizey Webster said: 'When I passed my degree, I was so pleased and proud of myself. I had achieved my goal that I had for six years been striving for.

'No matter what obstacles were in my way, such as getting pneumonia twice and other lesser illnesses, I was determined to reach my goal.


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