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December 20, 2007

Three Little Words


Juan Hairston had a stroke when she was in her thirties that damaged her ability to speak. She's made a lot of progress, but 6 years later, she still has trouble finding and saying certain words, mainly nouns. 

Juan's condition is called aphasia. She now uses a small device which helps her to convey a word she can't say herself: she types the word and the device says it for her.

But Juan's story is about more than recovery and regaining the ability to speak. It's also about finding love. Juan was waiting for a ride home one day when she met a blind man with a beautiful voice.  His name is Vernon Richmond.

Vernon and Juan talk with Dick Gordon about how they found love and a new life at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

  • Learn more about aphasia here and here

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