Roger Anis

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On Silent Mood

On Silent ModeBy Roger AnisThe toxic hydrogen sulphide fumes emitted from poisoned fish did not deter Nick, a 24 year old harbor worker. Two of Nick Vejle’s colleagues had been trying to unload the poisoned fish in the harbour. They had fallen unconscious because of the fumes. Nick fainted during the rescue attempt, and then found himself on the loading bay until rescue workers reached the spot.On 5th of Aug 2014, Nick was out of danger after an accident where he heroically tried to save two fishermen after they had lost consciousness on a boat in Strandbygaard.Hammel Neurocenter HospitalTwo months later on a sunny morning, Nick lies in his bed at Hammel Neurocenter Hospital, some 30 km north-west of Aarhus in Denmark . He raises his head and his hand with a thumbs up which means you can come into his room. The unseen smile on his face, visible only in his eyes, with an unheard voice, he allows you to come into his room.The alphabets printed on the plastic paper that have been attached to his body. He tries to compose one word, while others try to predict it before he finishes it to make it easier for him, that’s how it works with Nick.“Nick is very eager to get back to life and always trying, but its all about patience, I can understand why he is rushing and wants to get back to his normal life, he has a beautiful family who loves him so much and of course this is a very good reason.” Bettina one of the team supervising Nick in the hospital said.Here at the Hammel Neurocenter, Nick is staying in Department H3 where he is getting a lot of therapy to improve his movement and trying to get his voice back.“Nick was thereby exposed to intoxication and a low oxygen level, which affected his brain. In general intoxication and a low oxygen level affect the brain broadly and unspecified. In Nick’s case it has affected his phonation and his speech,” says Anna Hansen, a speech therapist who is responsible for Nick.Asked about when he will get back to his previou