A locked-in syndrome patient has tweeted for the first time. It is believed to be the first time ever a patient with this condition has tweeted using special eye movement technology.
Tony Nicklinson, who seven years ago had a major stroke that left his body completely paralysed, but his mind unharmed, tweeted the simple message:
@TonyNicklinson Hello world. I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet. #tony
The moment was captured by Channel 4 Dispatches ahead of a programme which broadcasts next week (Monday 18th June at 8pm) about Tony’s life and his forthcoming landmark court hearing, which will directly consider for the first time the question of euthanasia — where a doctor is authorised to take the life of a patient.
Tony’s story will broadcast on Channel 4 Dispatches on Monday 18th June at 8pm and afterwards online.
For residents outside of the UK the following 3:00 minute segment has become available – http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/video/2012/jun/18/locked-in-syndrome-tony-nicklinson-video