Neil was a patient of mine. He was 50 and suffered from brain damage at birth. He had the typical cerebral palsy gait, slobbering,
wandering of his eyes and had never spoken in his life.
The first visit, I was talking to his attendant when
I noticed that Neil was listening to me.
I said, "You're IN there, aren't you?" He nodded.
I said, "You have to be the strongest soul I've ever met, you have kept your sanity while being trapped in there
for all these years. A lesser soul would have gone crazy."
The next time they brought him in, he walked
up to me and put his head on my shoulder. I cried.
My worst day is better than Neil's best day. He inspires me.
Neil died of pneumonia in Noverber of 1999. God speed, Neil, on being released.