In the Blink of an Eye: The Story of Mia Austin and Her Triumph over Locked-In Syndrome

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In the Blink of an Eye: The Story of Mia Austin and Her Triumph over Locked-In Syndrome

In the Blink of an Eye: The Story of Mia Austin and Her Triumph over Locked-In Syndrome

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Carlton Football Club acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which IKON Park is located, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. I am looking forward to spending a lot of time getting to know Mia over the coming days, months, and years. Her friend Ben, posted a statement on her Mountains for Mia page: "Unfortunately on Wednesday, Mia lost her life, in the place she loved the most, Abersoch. I, too have a Tobii Dynavox I-12 series, and it is the fastest way I have found to communicate with the outer world!

Her parents were told the stroke would prove fatal, but she defied the odds and survived, travelling around the world and writing a book about her life story using just her eyes. Austin, who worked for The Co-operative Travel in Heswall in Merseyside , passed away on Wednesday last week – two days before being named Merseyside Woman of the Year 2019 and Inspirational Woman of the Year. At the start, I didn’t really know how to handle it but I feel like now I am taking it on as a challenge and just trusting what I’ve worked on,” she said. We’ve all got each other’s backs and were all there to help each other grow and I really love that ‘Polly’ has implemented that. There’s a lot of pressure on her [Austin] on the outside, but we try to make sure that inside our four walls, she can control what she can control,” Polatajko said.

I feel like even before I got injured and when I was injured I was still learning from them," she said.

Mia has recently completed a Criminology Course, a Forensics Course, and also a Criminal Justice Course. Mia suffered a stroke aged 21 after collapsing in the middle of the night despite being perfectly healthy.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Mia has touched the lives of thousands of people and the World is worse off for not having her in it. She was a party animal before her incident but she doesn’t let it stop her doing anything now, either - she doesn’t class herself as disabled. Mia Austin, 30, had seen Love Island contestants challenge each other to fit as many marshmallows in their mouths as possible. Mia Louise Austin inspired thousands of people after suffering a stroke which left her unable to move or speak.

But Mia, of Wirral, Merseyside, had suffered from previous choking incidents and her family given specialist medical equipment to try and avoid it. Mrs Austin had told the inquest her daughter had gradually learned how to eat soft food after the stroke, but had also experienced choking incidents before. She even travelled to Africa to support communities, visit orphanages and schools and deliver donations of stationery and toys.With a breakout season comes attention, from both the media and her opposition, something Austin will work to get used to. Carole Van Niekerk said: "I’m absolutely devastated to hear this, for her, for her family and for her friends. Although she was left unable to speak, move and only able to communicate through eye movement, determined Mia pushed the boundaries to live her life to the full.

There was a lot of training, I think we trained eight months of rehab before we could get back with the team,” Austin said. The ability to comment on our stories is a privilege, not a right, however, and that privilege may be withdrawn if it is abused or misused.She won the public vote and title of Woman of the Year with 2,451 votes – the largest number of votes for one finalist in the event’s 16-year history.

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