A man who hadn’t been able to speak because of his motor neurone disease spoke to his wife for the first time in 15 years.
As reported by LittleThings this week, he was unable to communicate due to a ventilator.
In a documentary published by technology and media company Not Impossible Labs, the moment where Don Moir and his wife Lorraine were able to speak with each other for the first time in 15 years is captured.
“My dear Lorraine, I can’t imagine life without you. You have made the last 25 years fly by and the last 20 with ALS more bearable. I am looking forward to the next 25 years. Love Don,” he wrote.
“I’m not even sure he realized that he wasn’t going to be able to speak, but I remember explaining that to him: “If you go on the ventilator, you won’t be able to speak anymore,” Lorraine said, per MailOnline.
“At that point, it was very difficult,” she added.
Don has been on the ventilator since 1999 and also has been confined to a wheelchair since 1995 due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
ALS, which is known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a specific disorder that involves the death of neurons. Over time, sufferers’ muscles deteriorate and decrease in size. It results in a difficulty in breathing and swallowing.