Rhys, the Star. Rhys’ mum describes him as a happy little boy who is a pleasure to spend time with. He will be 13 in September. His family adore him. Rhys has a little sister, Cerys, who is 5 years old. The stark reality is that Rhys is severely disabled, classified as terminally ill, and his family have a very hard road in life. His condition has effectively rendered Rhys incommunicable with his family, where he, his parents and his sister have been immeasurably effected.
In April of 2015, Rhys was allowed to trial an eye-gazer machine; an incredibly effective mechanism to reunite the power of communication between those effected by brain trauma and their families. It has changed their lives irrevocably. It was, however, a trial. The Princes Gate Trust has enabled this trial to become a reality, and Rhys now has the power to start to regain a communicative relationship with those closest to him.
Like the rest of us, Rhys can never be assured of a full and healthy life. But in the meantime, this spirited little boy is determined to at least have his say through this miraculous eye gazer machine, which allows him to project his personality onto this world. Is there a greater gift?