New Machine Offers Hope to Stroke Victims

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For Carl Seal, simple tasks are now a struggle. When Carl suffered a stroke a few weeks ago, it affected his voice and the right side of his body.

"I could do anything before and I can't do much now. Getting dressed is hard to do, going to the bathroom is hard to do. Just everything is harder, I need a lot more help," Carl said.

He's slowly recovering his voice and hopes to get back all the function on his right side with the help of a machine, the H-200.

"It's just electric stimulation to the muscles and it turns off and on," said Jenny Sodergren, an Occupational Therapist.

"Definitely a change, oh it kind of tingles and bites sometimes but that doesn't bother me too much," Carl said.

Patients can use it to practice opening or closing their hands, or focus on their thumbs.

"Which is what we just regained with Carl which is exciting because before he couldn't move his thumb at all," Sodergren said.

Something that was tough to swallow for a card player.

"So we've been working on grasping thin cards," Sodergren said.

"I'm a bridge player, a lot of golf, but i don't think that's gonna come back," Carl said.

Nevertheless, he's made big strides.

"When we see progress, its really fun. I think we get more excited than the patients sometimes," Sodergren said.

Carl started using the machine just two days after his stroke, starting early is an important step. Now Carl uses the machine twice a day for half an hour and plans to keep it up.

"I've got to keep going and get back to normal. I'm thankful for being alive and i think someone appreciates me for being alive," Cark says.

The H-200 has been used in Europe for years but is relatively new to the states.