Shawnice Singletary, a 36-year old mother of three children, was a victim of an accidental shooting earlier this year in Baltimore, USA. The bullet hit her face and neck causing paralysis from her neck down. Specialists at the John Hopkins Hospital saved her life, however, for Shawnice, nothing will ever be as it was before.
She cannot give her children a hug or go back to work, and has years of rehabilitation ahead of her. Nevertheless, Shawnice is staying positive and is hoping for a better life now that she suddenly received the chance to reconnect with the world through the help of a computer. Tobii ATI, donated a Tobii C12 device with an eye-tracking system that has helped Shawnice get back online, and use different communication tools to stay in touch with family and friends.
“I’m still getting used to it, you can do a lot on here,” says Shawnice.
The computer, which she was using before the Tobii C12 required her to move the entire head, something which she found exhausting. Today, she has gained some of her independence back, using only her eyes.
During the early stages of her rehabilitation, Tobii ATI brought the Tobii C12 device to the John Hopkins Hospital for Shawnice to use.
“It helps a lot. It helps me to be able to communicate with my family,” explains Shawnice.
The doctors at the John Hopkins Hospital agree that the device brings joy and hope into Shawnice’s life, while also being an inspiration for others.
“When she starts operating the computer and she gets online or on her Facebook, seeing her friends, you can just see her face light up immediately,” says Dr. Albert Chi, a surgeon at the John Hopkins Hospital.
The Tobii C12 can be used at home, in hospitals or rehabilitation centers to not only aid in the communication between a patient, medical stuff and a family during the recovery period, but also later, helping users regain their privacy as well as some of their independence. In the long-run, Tobii devices such as the C12, C15 or Tobii PCEye can help users re enter the workplace.
Source: ABC2, The Baltimore Sun.