Locked-in syndrome

People with locked-in syndrome are usually completely paralysed, and are unable to speak or move.

  • Sufferers can think and reason and can generally move their eyes
  • The disorder can follow a traumatic brain injury, such as a massive stroke
  • Although there is no cure, therapy such as functional neuromuscular stimulation can sometimes benefit victims by activating some of the paralysed muscles

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Tony Nicklinson Dies

Locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, who lost his High Court battle last week for the legal right to end his life when he chooses with a doctor's help, has died.