David Rose Dead: Deaf Quadriplegic Twitter Sensation Dies
According to the article, and Rose's blog, David Rose was born with cerebral palsy. In addition to it limiting his movement, it also affected the part of his brain that processes hearing. According to his blog, "He hears nothing. Not even silence."
That Rose learned and effectively communicated in English was quite a feat given his disabilities. His blog says he used a Tobii computer which tracks eye movement using infrared light. It allows his eyes to act like a computer mouse, clicking by staring at a point or blinking. Rose typed 3 or 4 words per minute this way.
Also, according to the article, when Rose learned he had pneumonia he "wrote" a post for his blog that he asked his sister to publish in the event of his passing. At 3 or 4 words per minute, I can imagine this post probably took the greater part of a day to write: (While he was in the hospital being treated for a debilitating infection?)
Three Friends And A Whole Lot More
i learn in a short life that what make the world special are good people like all you. otherwise it just be boring blue rock zipping around the sun looking for trouble. you are all special. all of you unique! love each other and make each other smile. a good joke is good medicine! make sure everyone around you have a smile ok? always do what is right. always! but forgive yourself if you forget sometimesThis is an emotional story. It seemed incredible that a young man who couldn't hear since birth, and couldn't use sign language, managed to communicate as effectively as he did. Or did he? Here's another site I saw this morning while writing this post. Look at the photo of the man named Hunter Dunn (you may have to flip through the photos by clicking "next") and compare it to the photo above of David Rose:
i have to go now. i love you all. i really do. you are amazing. i will never forget you!
Lighting a Tree For Hunter
Now, I'm not sure what to believe.