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Debbie King, an employee in NTMC’s Environmental Services department, recently donated a Lingraphica laptop to the Speech Therapy department at the hospital. King’s mother, who used the machine to communicate after a stroke, passed away on Christmas Day.
“My mother was a patient at North Texas Medical Center and everyone took such great care of her,” King said. “She loved to give to others, so in her honor I wanted to donate this laptop to the hospital to help others, like my mom, communicate more effectively.”
Lingraphica AAC devices, or speech-generating devices, help patients improve communication, speech, and quality of life. By using a speech-generating device, patients can express what they want to say in several different ways. They can practice speech and comprehension through a series of activities, videos, and quizzes.
Accepting the donation on behalf of NTMC Therapy Services was Brianna Rust, the hospital’s new Speech Therapist.
“On behalf of NTMC Therapy Department, we would like to thank the family of Mrs. Bertreaux for such an impactful donation that will change the lives of many patients to come,” Rust said. “Mrs. Bertreaux’s giving spirit will forever live on to positively impact future patients with severe speech and language disorders by giving them a voice to meet their everyday needs and improve their quality of life.”