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Brain Implant Helps Woman with ALS Communicate

Monday, November 14, 2016  
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By CNN

In 2008, mother of three Hanneke de Bruijne was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Over the next eight years, her life would change significantly as the nerves controlling her bodily movements degenerated. She would lose the ability to move her legs, arms, fingers and eventually even her face, leaving her locked inside her body, barely able to communicate with those around her. Breathing would require a mechanical ventilator.

Until recently, her main mode of communication had been through blinking and occasionally using an eye-tracking device to signal what she was thinking or wanted to say.
But a new form of brain implant is helping her regain control of her communication -- and her life -- by giving her the ability to compose entire sentences directly from her brain.

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