(KVLY) Imagine being fully aware of everything going on around you, your mind is running in high gear, but you are not able to speak or move. It's called "locked-in syndrome" and it is what a former Fargo, North Dakota firefighter faces everyday.
Now, a mix of new technology and old school therapy is helping him communicate.
A rare brain stem stroke eight years ago left Rory Eidsness a quadriplegic. He is unable to walk or even speak on his own.
"All things considered I'm doing pretty good," he says with the help of a computer that scans his eye movement and helps him type his thoughts. The computer then vocalizes the words. It helps, but Rory says it's too slow. He's not a very good speller and he doesn't like to spell his thoughts.
"The technology has been a godsend," his wife Kari says.
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