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Man With Locked-In Syndrome Sends First Ever Tweet -- With His Eyes!


"Hello world."

The Blaze has reported the story of Tony Nicklinson before. He is a man with locked-in syndrome -- a condition where his mind is completely intact but his body is paralyzed. Nicklinson is seeking the "right to die."

After suffering a paralyzing stroke seven years ago, Nicklinson can only move his head and cannot speak. He has described his life as “dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable.”

But, just this week, he has taken a step that has given him a new communication medium. The paralyzed 57-year-old sent his first tweet from @tonynicklinson using only his eyes. Just what did he say? "Hello world. I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet."

The Guardian explains Nicklinson uses software that tracks his eye movements as he glances at certain letters to compose his thoughts. This is also how he can communicate using an electronic voice.

Watch this video of how the tweet was composed:

After just a couple days on the micro-blogging site, Nicklinson has more than 7,500 followers and a slew of encouraging tweets from those who have followed his story. Here are just a few:

Nicklinson has tweeted six other tweets, mostly detailing some of the news documentaries he would be appearing on. With this new found communication medium and all the support he has received, does Nicklinson still want someone to end his life? According to the Guardian, the British man will still appear in high court on Monday to appeal for the right of a doctor to lawfully take his life without murder charges.


(H/T: Gizmodo)

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