Back in 1966 the then 32 year old Julia Tavalaro was taken to a New York hospital after experiencing two strokes. From then on she spent the rest of her life trapped inside her own body.
Julia suffered from a condition known as Locked-in syndrome, or a pseudocoma. She was fully awake and fully aware of her surroundings, but was completely unable to talk or move any part of her body apart from her eyes. Nearly 6 years after the strokes, one of her relatives realized that Julia was trying to smile after hearing a joke. Two speech therapists, Joyce Sabari and Arlene Kratt, convinced doctors that Julia was trapped inside her body. Before she died at the age of 68 in 2003, Julia became an established poet and author. She was able to create poetry after learning how to communicate through blinking. She would blink in response to an alphabet board.
Julia gained world wide recognition in 1995 after the Los Angeles Times published a story about her.