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Below are audible testimonials from some of our success stories. Simply click the 'play' icon next to name of the sound file you wish to hear. The sound player is powered by Flash, and requires Adobe Flash Player version 6 or later to hear the files. If you do not have Flash Player installed, you can download the sound files as MP3 and play offline in your Media Player.

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Carl Hedison - Stroke

Treatment – 2 weeks, June 2010

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My name is Toni and I am the wife and carer of Carl who had a stroke in June 08. Carl was very poorly ad unable to swallow any food as he aspirated. He was fitted with a feeding tube, which he still has. Carl had severe swallow problems and very little tongue movement on the left and hardly none at all on the right due to his side of his face being paralysed, he could not even manage to swallow his saliva which he spat into tissues. His speech was not very clear and very gravelly due to the severity of his problems. Carl loved his food and misses going out with his family for meals. The speech and language team at our local hospital said he would be dependent on his feeding tube, we both felt they had written him off. We read about Vital Stim in the Daily Mail, about a gentleman who has similar problems as Carl. He had regained his swallow and had a feeding tube removed after several Vital Stim treatments.

We found that Ms Sinnapan was the only private licensed practitioner for Vital Stim and was stationed at Rowley Hall Hospital Stafford. As it was along was form Grimsby we stayed in a hotel near to the hospital for two weeks, and had 10 days of Vital Stim therapy. After 7 sessions Carl was managing to swallow his saliva and his tongue movement had increased and he could now lick his lips and the movement was much better. Our daughter Carla spoke to Carl on the telephone and she commented that his voice was clearer and stronger and was able to understand him better as his voice wasn’t so gravely. All of this was due to vital Stim. We also noticed that the side of his face that was paralysed had a muscle reaction for the first time since the stroke. Carl had started to eat smooth food and is continuing to recover his swallowing ability. We are going home after 2 weeks and 10 sessions or 20 treatments. We will continue with all oral exercises, tools and oral techniques what Ms Sinnapan has shown us. We are also able to contact Ms Sinnapan with unlimited phone calls and emails for help and advice.

Carl is fifty in October and his goal is to eat with his family and eventually have his feeding tube removed.

Glenys Watkins

62 years old, North Wales

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My name is Watkins and I was the first person in the UK to have VitalStim Therapy. Nearly four years ago I had a bad head injury after falling down stairs and I was in hospital for nine months. One of the problems as a result of this was an inability to swallow and I was fed through a naso-gastric tube for eleven months. The therapy I had for this problem did not lead to any improvement but then I found out about VitalStim on the internet. After a course of seventeen treatment sessions my swallowing returned.

I can honestly say that if it were not for VitalStim I would be resigned to being fed by a peg tube into my stomach and I would not be able to have the social life that I have now.

The treatment was easy and painless with no side effects and, because I was able to eat normally again, there was a big improvement in my condition all-round.

I wish this therapy could be available to everyone who needs it so that they could have the chance to eat normally again.

Chantelle

After a car accident, Chantelle had issues swallowing and contacted us for Vitalstim® treatment. After several sessions, Chantelle was able to swallow again wihtout problems. Below are audible testimonials from both Chantelle and her Mother.

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Hi.  My name is Chantelle.

Five years ago I received a serious head injury which left me with lots of problems such as balance, speech, swallow, attention problems etc…

I have travelled to Stafford from Cumbria for VitalStim at Rowley Hall Hospital.  I have had twenty-one sessions out of twenty-four and I have seen a big improvement with my speech and my swallow.  Before my accident I used to love singing and be always on the Karaoke.  I had singing lessons and was always in talent competitions and since my accident I’ve struggled to sing, struggled to get people to understand what I am saying and my speech has been very slurred. Whereas my swallowing food – I used to eat really, really slow, I used to be constantly clearing my passage and now I can eat as fast as my Mum and I don’t ever need to clear my throat.

Chantelle's Mother

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My name is Jane.  I am from Cumbria and I am the mother of Chantelle.

Five years ago Chantelle was in a car accident in which she sustained a serious head injury.  Since the accident, Chantelle has been working on her rehabilitation.  One of her problem areas has been her speech, language and swallow.   Although she has had speech and language therapy she still had weak muscles in her tongue and lips and her voice was very gravelly.  When she ate, she would have food left on her tongue and in her mouth.  Eating could be quite messy with food left around her mouth; she was also quite slow eating and would always finish her meal long after everyone else.  She used to chew food with her mouth open and tongue sticking out.  Swallowing was difficult and some foods were avoided.

Since having VitalStim, the clarity of the voice is better and her tongue and lips are stronger.  Chantelle is able to chew with her mouth closed, clear food from her tongue and inside her mouth.  Eating is much quicker and she is finishing meals at the same time as everyone else.  Her swallow is much better and smoother and she is able to clear her throat. 

Because of the distance, we chose to do back to back therapy.  Two sessions daily over a period of three days for four weeks.  Treatment was at Rowley Hall Stafford and we stayed in a hotel just outside the centre of Stafford. VitalStim and voice therapy has been well worth the time and effort.  For me, the fact that I am not worried about Chantelle choking, for Chantelle, that she can sing again and the quality of her voice is much better.  She can enjoy food again which is a very big social part of her life.

 

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