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The locked-in syndrome is more than just a brainstem stroke with quadriplegia. It's also a metaphor for life's loneliness, helplessness, and hopelessness. Sadly, most of us are "locked-in" bad jobs, bad relationships, bad marriages, and bad financial, legal, or health problems. So let's seek the master key that opens all locked-in states and celebrate life with freedom and health.
Apologies to readers for two small editing errors.
- Under the heading 'Learning from patients' it should read "However, neither Reynolds nor Redmayne knew MUCH..."
- Under the heading 'Accurate portrayal' the fourth paragraph quote beginning "We actually softened it a touch..." should be attributed to Lisa Bruce, the film producer.