A 22-year old man who was completely paralyzed after suffering from a stroke started to walk and talk by mimicking his baby daughter.
Mark Ellis suffered from a stroke in August 2010 following a blood clot in his brain and was able to communicate with others only by rolling his eyes. His parents and wife, Amy, were told that he may not be able to survive.
AdvertisementHowever eight months after his stroke, a therapist told Mark to mimic his daughter, who was only just starting to gurgle out her first words. "Mark's therapist told him to copy Lola as it might improve his speech. He started to make the same sounds, then the words came too. I was told not to expect anything from Mark after his stroke. Anything and everything he does now is just amazing", Amy said, adding that both the father and daughter are learning to talk through speech apps on iPad and reading books.