Woman Regains Voice After 30 Years

Virus left Betty Lou Trufant's vocal chords paralyzed.
2:12 | 01/02/12

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Entering a new year with a -- voice this is an amazing story of a woman who lost her voiced thirty years ago. Her daughter and grandchild unable to hear her speak up until she saw story. Right here of world news and sent word to us listen what I can do now. Here's ABC's Linda Davis. Betty Lou Trufant said I do in 1980 -- The very next year she came down with a bad cold and lost her voice like. Three decades later she could still only -- this raspy whisper. -- Doctors say the virus had paralyzed -- local courts her daughter went from adolescent to adult. Without ever hearing her mother's real voice. I don't remember and what her voice ever really sounded like. She'd resigned that she'd live the rest of her life gesturing and whispering. Until one night in May when she saw a story on ABC world news about -- Martin who'd also lost her voice. And then received a special kind of throat therapy at the Cleveland clinic. How to relax your throat. This -- brought her voice -- Yeah. That night Betty -- also got something back she had -- heading years hope. She called the Cleveland clinic right away and set up an appointment. When we breathe the vocal chords are relaxed we tighten them to speak. Daily -- left vocal cord was paralyzed until doctors at the Cleveland clinic performed the surgery to correct it. Finally after thirty years Betty Lou was able to say they sound good America. -- -- The crying soon turned to laughter. I think in the -- It was just a blessing just a blessing to get my voice back she's not only talking follow them. She's calling to shops in. Lindsey Davis ABC news new.

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