“Hello world. I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet.”
With the exception of a mention of something called ‘locked-in syndrome’ this isn’t a ground-breaking or particularly interesting tweet, right?
But after doing a search to find out what ‘locked-in syndrome’ is? It gets very interesting.
The Twitter post came from Tony Nicklinson (@TonyNicklinson), a 57 year-old man who suffered a major stroke seven years ago that left his body completely paralyzed with one small exception…his eyes.
Using special hardware and software that follow his eye movements, Nicklinson is able to use only his eyes to construct his posts to Twitter.
Nicklinson’s main purpose in learning to do this is somewhat heartbreaking and precedent setting…he wants to die.
Before his stroke, Nicklinson was a doer. He now believes his life is “dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable”. He began using Twitter to appeal to the high court that a doctor should be allowed to lawfully end his life.
In less than three days, Nicklinson’s Twitter account has gained over 12,000 followers who are watching this heart-wrenching yet inspiring story unfold.
While many people are still haters of the insanely sky-rocketing advancement of technology right now? Watch the video to see how advanced tech is doing something awesomely weird that simply couldn’t be done before… giving a human being in this condition a voice.