Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Jean-Dominique Bauby

I was browsing for new movies when I found this one entitled Le Scaphandre et le papillon (2007). Don't ask me how the movie goes as I haven't seen it yet. Anyway, what struck me the most was what was written in the description. Here goes:

On December 8, 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, a journalist and father of two children, suffered a stroke which plunged him into a deep coma. When he regained consciousness, all his motor body functions had deteriorated. He’d been struck by what is known in the medical profession as “locked-in syndrome:” he could no longer move, speak nor even breathe without medical assistance. The only part of his inert body capable of moving was his left eye. This eye became his link with the world, with others, with life. He’d blink once to say “yes,” twice to say “no.”

With his single eye, he’d focus visitors’ attention on letters of the alphabet dictated to him and form words, sentences, entire pages. With his eye, he wrote this book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, for which, each morning during long weeks, he’d memorized sentences before dictating them.

Can you imagine it? It's even tough for someone healthy to write an ENTIRE novel, but he could write it in THAT state? I find this info VERY inspiring, don't you?

If you're interested in reading the short biography in Wikipedia, here's the link:


  1. that's freaking weird!

    he wrote a book with his eye? talked with his eye?

    lol to me that's almost as creepy as your naked hubby in my closet! why was he there??!!?!

    got you back
    : )

  2. Wow Amel, that is really amazing and yes inspiring too. I remember a story I saw in a documentary show here in the Philippines. The woman had no arms (from an accident) but is able to take care of her family, she has three small kids. It's amazing that she can slice vegetables, cook, bathe and dress her children with her feet. If you try to just imagine it you might think its not possible but if you've seen her, she did those things as if it was so easy.

  3. Wowww... A great challenge, amazingly, he's done it. Very inspiring indeed. :)

  4. Jay: Yeah, you'd better read the Wikipedia to understand that he he he...He needs another person to help him, too, of course he he...

    HEY, my hubby is NOT creepy HI HI HI...and the probability of having him in your closet HI HI HI HI HI HI...LOL LOL!!! OK OK, you got me bacccckkkk. ;-D

    A Simple Life: Ahhhh...that's REALLY inspiring. She can take care of THREE small kids? WOW!!! Even a woman with two arms sometimes think it's hard to take care of 3 small kids, right? THANKS for telling me the story!!!!

    Choc Mint Girl: Glad you think so. ;-D

  5. I hope you got to see the movie Amel, I've just finished watching it and am still reeling from powerful message this film carries!