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Nov 2, 2008

"Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!" --Lawrence G. Lovasik

A Daughter's First Words

A little girl who cannot walk or talk has used a machine to tell her mother for the first time: "I love you." Six-year-old Elke Wisbey, who was born brain-damaged, has been able to communicate with her family by using a high-tech gadget which tracks her eye movements. Readers of a local newspaper raised money to buy the specially-adapted machine for the family. The MyTobii Smartbox machine from Sweden detects which icons Elke is looking at by using tiny lasers.When her eyes settle on an icon on the screen of the Smartbox, a pre-programmed voice speaks the word or phrase for her. Just a few days after setting up the equipment, Elke's parents described how their daughter started using her eyes to repeat the words "I love you" over and over again.


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