This is the story of how Don Moir, a father of three diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), was able to tell his wife how much he loved her, 16 years after losing the ability to speak.
Don, a Canadian farmer, married his wife, Lorraine, in 1989 and was diagnosed with the degenerative disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in March 1995.
Four years later, as his condition continued to get worse, he was fitted with a ventilator.
Don was left communicating silently through a letter-board chart – a sheet of paper with the alphabet split into quadrants that Lorraine used by following Don's eyesight.
“As soon as I found out about Don and Lorraine, I knew Not Impossible had to give Don his voice back,” Ebeling said.
“When I look at Don, that could be me, that could be my uncle, that could be my dad. What right do I have to do nothing about it?”
The Daily Mail reported that engineers are now trying to develop a way for Don to send emails and create an accurate version of his voice based on old film footage.
Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
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