Help Give Jacob His Voice Back!
Jacob has a story straight from a movie. His is the story of a 30 year old man (a Marine Vet) who woke up in 2020 after 8 years of being in a coma. For the last eight years Jacob had no communication with the outside world, however, in January last year, the staff at the community where Jacob lives began to notice he was tracking with his eyes. Amazingly after eight years, Jacob was “awake”. However, even though he was awake he was unable to move and unable to speak. He has a syndrome called Locked in Syndrome (LiS). LiS is a condition in which a patient is 100% aware but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for eye movements. With the support of the staff at his community, they have developed a manual system of communication where Jacob spells one letter at a time and the other person recites the letters until the correct letter is reached. Slowly they formed a communication system and are able to talk through Jacob focusing on letters on a board and the other individual spelling in out, then reciting what Jacob has spelled.
June 2, 2021
Thank you to all who have given to help Jacob! Jacob has received his control bionics eye gaze computer! The computer allows him to use a keyboard to speak. It also allows him access to Facebook, YouTube, texting and more. Jacob is working daily to master his new device. It will take time for him to use it quickly. But he is making progress. With donations Jacob has also received a cough assist machine a be a vest to help him cough.
April 17, 2021
Thanks to Hope Help Live, WBIR Channel 10 News, Control bionics and many generous people who have donated! Jacob’s eye gaze computer has been paid for. He says thank you to you all and especially thanks God for making this possible. He will be receiving it in about a week! Any extra donations will go towards a cough assist machine that Jacob needs to keep his lungs clear. Stayed tuned for a video of Jacob using the eye gaze computer!
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May 13, 2021
I was so touched to hear Jacob's story and to see the strength he exhibits. I had an uncle who was also a Marine, and he too suffered a brain aneurysm when he was only 32 years old. Unfortunately, I lost my uncle but I pray for Jacob's recovery. My deepest thoughts and prayers for Jacob. God bless.
May 4, 2021
Admiring your bravery and sending prayers and love from Gatlinburg.
May 3, 2021
Praying for God's continued blessings and healing upon Jacob. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your progress.
April 28, 2021
Even a small gesture can make a world of difference.