‘Locked-in’ syndrome man tweets

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A locked-in syndrome patient has been captured on film tweeting for the first time.

Tony Nicklinson, who seven years ago had a major stroke that left his body completely paralysed, used special eye movement technology to access the social networking site, writing: “Hello world. I am tony nicklinson, I have locked-in syndrome and this is my first ever tweet. £tony.”

After being on the website for less than 24 hours, he had almost 2,500 followers.

Mr Nicklinson, 57, can only communicate by using a computer that follows his eye movements.

Channel 4’s Dispatches airs a programme about Mr Nicklinson on Monday at 8pm, after he and his family, from Wiltshire, go to court to argue that a doctor should be allowed lawfully to end his life.