Eye gaze technology could help paralysed schoolgirl communicate with parents after devastating car crash

Shannon Folena, 12, suffered a serious brain injury in the accident in Pembrokeshire, Wales, last March.

The schoolgirl was left unable to communicate with her family. She now requires round-the-clock care. Her parents Paul and Fiona hope to buy her an eye gazer - a type of computer which would eventually allow her to communicate with them by moving her eyes. "We know Shannon can hear us, but we are not sure if she can understand what we are saying," said Fiona, Shannon’s mum. "That is the hardest part. "I just want her to know that we love her and to make sure she has all she needs. "She can't communicate with us so at the moment it's just a guessing game. "The eye gazer will allow Shannon to point to 'yes' and 'no', so she will be able to interact with us." At the moment the family don't know the long-term prognosis for Shannon. "She could improve significantly and we hold on to that hope," said Fiona. "However, because her improvement has been so slow up until now, any changes are likely to take a very long time. Shannon's brain is still developing and we just have to hope that she improves." Click here to read the full story.
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