Life-Changing Invention Made This Woman with Parkinson's Write Again!

Admin | Published 2016-12-08 20:00

One woman from London got the future back in her hands when a life-changing device made her write again.

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  Parkinson's disease is a progressive disease that affects the nervous system. It affects your motor function exhibited with tremors, muscle rigidity and stiff movements. There are 60,000 Americans diagnosed with Parkinson's each year and there are 1 million Americans already living with this disease. Emma Lawton, 33, from London, works as a graphics artist for three years. Much of her job requires her to make precise strokes to translate into designs. It has been all difficult to be able to do so when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease three years ago.

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The tremors that is caused by her disease will not allow her to draw and write correctly. Her drawings turn out to be wriggly or in zigzags. There is nothing much that she can do about it. She avoided sketching and writing because she felt that "it's no longer worth." It has gotten to the point when she started to worry about her future in the industry. The Director of Innovation at Microsoft Research, Haiyan Zhang met with Emma. She is determined to help her go past Emma's disability and allow her to write again. "Anything you can do to make my hand do what I want it to, and to be able to sign my name, would be an incredible thing," Emma told Haiyan.

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Haiyan felt the challenge was 'immense' after some few attempts and experiments she had been working on with Emma. However, it all changed when Haiyan came up with a watch-like device that Emma can wear on her wrist in the hand she uses for writing. This device produces small vibrations and for some reason helped Emma write again and legibly at that. See: Anti-Snoring Device For Only $3 That You Can Actually Wear in Public!

"It confuses my hand and brain into not knowing what to do so I can write better," Emma noted.

Emma got emotional after seeing the result of the device. She is excited that her future is back in her hands. She can't wait to try the device to see if it can make her do other tasks that were delimited by her disease. The immense medical work put in to Parkinson's recently does not feel like it's a dead end anymore. Her story will be featured in The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve. Glad that it worked out for you Emma!


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