Alicja experienced an extensive stroke, which resulted in complete immobilization of her body – she showed no external signs of consciousness. According to the medical diagnosis, Alicja could not even move her eyes willfully. Her state was described as vegetative. Before the various surgical procedures, the doctors did not even want to anesthetize Alicja, claiming that she could not feel anything anyway.
After 7 years, Alicja was admitted to a neurological rehabilitation centre, where the C-Eye was used in the everyday work. Alicja’s husband felt that his wife’s condition was not as hopeless as the doctors claimed, and he believed that his wife would prove to everyone that she felt and understood what happened around her. During the first examination session Alicja made a simple but revolutionary gesture – she turned her head towards the C-Eye. The results of the following sessions were even more optimistic. Already during the 4th session Alicja was able to operate the device freely, and she completed all the tasks which were presented to her.
For Alicja’s husband the most convincing proof that his wife was fully conscious and that she felt and understood everything all the time was that, from the many different shoes presented on the screen, she chose with her eyes exactly those that she had bought the day before the stroke.
The final neurological diagnosis was: locked-in syndrome. Had it not been for the C-Eye, Alicja would still be considered a patient in a vegetative state.