Brain injury victim communicates for first time in 21 years – because she #ConquerABI

As her grey-blue eyes move ever so slightly, Joellan Huntley’s determination to be heard becomes immediately clear.

Unable to speak or move her body because of catastrophic brain injuries she suffered in a car crash when she was 15, the Nova Scotia woman made headlines last week when her family revealed she had used the latest eye-gaze tracking technology to speak to them for the first time in 21 years.

During a news conference Tuesday at a rehabilitation centre in a rural corner of Nova Scotia, Huntley shifted her eyes as she looked at her computer tablet when a reporter asked her speech language pathologist if the technology had improved in recent years.

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