What is Locked-In Syndrome?

A young disabled girl in a wheelchair with a female carer beside her within an outside environment

Locked-in syndrome is a rare neurological disorder which causes complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles with the exception of the ones that control the movements of the eyes. People with locked-in syndrome are conscious and awake, but have no ability to produce movements or speak. Communication is possible through eye movements or blinking only. Despite physical paralysis, cognitive function is unaffected.

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