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In January of 201266.
Year old Joseph forresters suffers stroke.
Which left him in a debilitating state.
There is -- there are seriously.
He can respond.
Pretty much you know unless they have by his eyes would move the -- and so what we want to know what we need hill we're trying to do we couldn't walk.
He's been -- The and actually couldn't really use his hands right hand as well was.
There was one side effect that no one could see.
Joseph was given a beating too because he lost the ability to swallow.
Georgia -- Iraqis speech pathologists at teachers college Columbia University says it's a basic function that most people don't even think about it.
We do it many many times a day after a thousand times that they we even swallow during our sleep.
So we sold -- tying it's vital for our survival.
Inability to swallow or -- Bosnia can lead to malnutrition dehydration.
Choking and even death.
Emotionally patients can become isolated -- -- and home.
And they hear your voice.
Good -- seeing him very nice I couldn't really get to go anywhere to parties or.
Restaurants and -- was eating -- -- engagement.
That's changing now with the help from weekly therapy sessions at the mindset clinic.
For communication disorders.
We used to believe -- well as a reflex.
And the brain is not even involved in -- but I know with new brain imaging techniques we're finding out that they -- the brain is involved.
Performing various head neck and -- exercises.
Not only improves -- muscular function.
But it also helps rebuild and stimulates the injured areas of the brain.
To measure the success the doctor -- and -- does something unique.
-- we do ask patients to do.
Functional MRI which is -- type of MRI that will show you the brain activity while while somebody's doing something in the management.
Before -- after the treatment so we're adding another level of evidence in another level off our progress for the patient.
Without this therapy dot developed -- -- says -- says progress would have been 70% less and he was still need at feeding -- But Jason -- is thankful his dad is more like himself again now he's getting that confidence where he'll.
-- -- -- that's the point that without me with his friends.
For more information go to the swallowing voice and neural imaging -- page at www.
TC dot Columbia dot edu.
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