ALS patient's speaking device stolen at hospital

Woman with ALS has speaking device stolen

Living with ALS is difficult enough, but having your only form of communication taken away is even more difficult. That's what happened to one Austin woman after her speaking device was stolen while she and her husband were leaving a Houston hospital

For Michael and Lisa Murphy every day is a struggle, and now more than ever.

"We as individuals, not just myself, but other families pay thousands of dollars to go to these hospitals and we expect our stuff to be safe," Murphy said.

After a trip to a Houston hospital a few weeks ago, he discovered his wife's speaking device was taken. Lisa lives with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS.

Murphy says between 11:06 and 11:30 a.m.  while loading into their car, the device along with a tablet and cellphone were gone.  Lisa loses not only communication with her husband and doctors, but part of her independence.

"She can turn the t.v. on and off, she can read books, she can get on the internet," Murphy said. "She can do things so she's not just stuck in this house staring at a blank wall."

The couple received a monitor recently, a loaner, and although it helps, it doesn't have the same capabilities as the device.

"Lisa is here all the time by herself during the daytime, I work a full time job and we don't have the money to hire a private person to come in and take care of her and make sure she's okay, that device is a necessity,' Murphy said.

The Murphy's hope whoever took the mobile device brings it back.

Despite the setback, Lisa is still in good spirits.

"Yes, I try to be positive," she said.

She and Michael have one simple message to send:

"Be careful with your belongings."

Murphy says the hospital is investigating.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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