Longest living locked-in sufferer ‘improving’

A Sunday Post job…

Britain’s longest living locked-in sufferer has cleared a major hurdle  and is looking forward to her first home-cooked meal in 16 years. Christine Waddell has been totally paralysed but fully mentally aware since suffering a huge brain stem stroke in 1997. Picture by Adrian Don, ElectricPics PhotographyBritain’s longest living locked-in sufferer has cleared a major hurdle — and is looking forward to her first home-cooked meal in 16 years.

Christine Waddell has been totally paralysed but fully mentally aware since suffering a huge brain stem stroke in 1997.

Like Tony Nicklinson, who battled for the right to die until his death last year, she was able to see and hear but lost any power of movement.

The only way the 42-year-old had been able to communicate was by flicking her eyes or through an eye-tracking computer to spell out words.

For years she’s been nil-by-mouth, fed liquids through a tube into her stomach. But in the last few months, she has made “massive improvements”, including a major breakthrough when she was told she was capable of eating food normally.

Christine, of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, said via a special computer programme she operates with her eyes: “I never in my wildest dreams envisaged this happening.

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