Technology has once again proven that it can be very useful in the fight against diseases. According to the Associated Press, Apple’s iPad has helped a paralyzed man communicated for the first time in two decades. The event has further fueled the discussions related to the use of modern devices and technology in the treatment of the affections we know today.
Kevin Beverley was severely injured in an unprovoked attack that took place almost two decades ago in his home town in Barnsley. The man went through a lengthy recovery after he suffered severe brain damages and broken bones, but the repercussions of the attack continue until this day. Beverley has a right-side paralysis that prevents his from doing any of the activities he used to perform before the accident, including the ability to speak.
Kevin has spent the past 20 years communicating through noises and gestures, but he has now found a much easier method of expressing himself, that is, the iPad. The 55-year-old victim tested the apps for the first time last week and was able to tell his family and his care takers what his likes and dislikes were. Moreover, Beverley asked for a cup of tea by touching the screen to select letters and make words and sentences with them. At the end of the day he typed the sentence “It is so good to be able to speak again”.
Language is not the only ability that Kevin is trying to improve with the help of the iPad. Doctors have also recommended him various games so he can improve his hand-eye coordination. The spokespersons of the trust confessed that both the patient and his care takers have been amazed by the good results that the tablet has helped them register.
Tablets and smartphones have been conceived as mere electronic devices aimed to perform some of our work duties for us. In the past year, however, these gadgets have become more than work tools as they can be used in many more fields including medicine. There are numerous apps that doctors recommend to their patients in order to monitor the activities of their bodies. Scientists estimate that smartphones could, in fact, replace the traditional medical procedures in the future, but this aspect is strongly debated at present.