Stroke Survivor Regains His Voice Nearly Two Decades Later
For 30 years, Joe Carreiro was a hardworking man in the construction business, using his talents to help construct large-scale additions within hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts. In his free time, you’d find Joe and his wife Jerri enjoying New England’s natural beauty while camping and fishing.
In 2003, Joe had a stroke soon after moving to Tennessee. The stroke left him partially paralyzed, but he was able to gradually recover in the months that followed. But then just a year later, Joe suffered a brain stem stroke, once again paralyzing him and leaving him in critical condition. Doctors initially gave Joe a 5% chance of survival.
Not only did Joe experience aphasia, but his vocal cords were also severely damaged by these medical events, which limited his ability to vocalize anything at all.
Joe and Jerri tried what they could for years, but ultimately were left without any significant solutions. It left Joe feeling frustrated and alienated.
In 2021 — 18 years after his initial stroke — Jerri and Joe talked to a new caregiver about the lack of progress he had made over the years, and how most therapies and strategies were boring and frustrating. So, the new caregiver suggested Lingraphica. “I said ‘OK, I’m willing to try anything that’s going to help him,’” Jerri explains.