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Second Kansas Woman Talks After Years Of Silence
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 31, 2005

ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS--Tracy Gaskill started talking earlier this month.

The 30-year-old woman began speaking for the first time since her brain was damaged in a car accident nearly three years ago.

Family members and staff at the long-term care facility where she now lives are both amazed and hopeful of her further recovery. They attribute her improvement to continued therapies.

Gaskill likes to talk about food. Especially pizza.

The feeding tube that is installed through the wall of her stomach will soon be removed, the Associated Press reported.

In January of this year, another Kansas woman started talking after 20 years of silence.

Sarah Scantlin, 38, of Hutchinson, spoke for the first time since a September 1984 auto accident left her in what her doctor described as a "near coma state".

"Families rejoice over amazing recoveries" (Associated Press via MSNBC)
"Woman Begins Talking After 20 Year Silence" February 14, 2005 (Inclusion Daily Express Archives)


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