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After several doctors visits tests and exams.
-- Hayden was given the diagnosis of a list.
-- my patrol -- lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
I know who the very cause I didn't know the extent to what payless really was.
I knew it was a crippling disease and I didn't know.
What it was all about I didn't know how it affected your body.
Payless is a progressive incurable neuro muscular disease.
That affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord symptoms include.
Muscle weakness slurred speech trouble swallowing and paralysis that 48 year old chaps as he didn't think he would all happened so quickly.
So I went from cooking one day three months later not being able to handle all night because I was afraid I was gonna cut my fingers.
But there's something that has gotten a little easier for Jerry.
You know heart and yeah.
In March Jerry was the first patient at Stony Brook university hospital on Long Island.
To receive their new Rex diaphragm pacing system.
You're laparoscopic surgery -- data talent connected electrodes.
To the diaphragm that are then wired to a small external battery power box that stimulates the contractions of the dive from muscle me.
Still help keep them assault alive and keeping contracting to keep people offers.
What we -- noninvasive and only -- or even -- -- for a longer period of time.
And if you look at the studies for the right patients this has life extension and not just quantity but quality but -- sixteen months.
Benefits Jerry fields every day everything else the disease is taking away so.
It's kind of monumental when you have three more hours than what you started.
Even though your legs are getting weaker -- -- stimulant for your brain he's.
Reading and speaking so much better than when I first -- -- he's going for longer periods of time without taking gaps his voice is stronger.
And with that strong voice Jerry hopes to raise more awareness about -- a list and this new device.
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