Mark Ellis, a 24-year-old father from the U.K. with locked-in syndrome, has re-learned how to walk and talk, in part by copying his baby daughter. The disorder occurs when the body’s muscles are paralyzed but the person is still conscious and able to think.
Ellis had a stroke at 22, which put him into a coma, The Telegraph reported. After he came out of the coma, he was only able to communicate by moving his eyes — and doctors said a blood clot in his brainstem severely lowered his chances of being able to move his body again, according to The Telegraph.
“It was just so hard to take in — we had been married two months and [their daughter] Lola-Rose was just two weeks old when the stroke happened,” his wife, Amy, told the Daily Mail. “It was a dream turned into a nightmare.”