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He Was Born With Spinal Muscular Atrophy, But That Didn’t Stop Him From Living Life To The Fullest!

By Talan Torriero
September 4, 2015

Everyone, meet George…


George was born with spinal muscular atrophy. A disease that has left him paralyzed from head to toe.


Very few people have ever been diagnosed, often because those afflicted die at a very young age as it deteriorates every muscle in your body. But George was determined to live his life to the fullest!


George communicated using a device called the eye-gaze that utilized laser tracking to map the movements of his eyes in real time, so he could do anything on a keyboard that you or I could do.


George’s story is going SUPER VIRAL as he is such an inspiration!

George was a big fan of movies. So he decided to make a film using the eye-gaze to write scripts, communicate on set (though he could talk very quietly) & even edit with Final Cut Pro.


He loved making movies so much that he ended up going to USC and worked towards getting a degree in film.

From Imgur user darwynstheory: “Every day that I think about calling in sick I think about George. Because f*ck me & the limitations I impose on myself. George didn’t, so why the f*ck should I?”


George even made some famous friends along the way…




Anyone who met George could help but love him! Here he is dressed as Picasso’s Blue Period…This is HILARIOUS!


His commitment to Christmas cards was EVERYTHING!





He was also a big fan of art…


…And comic books. Here he is getting a Watchman tattoo on his arm.


For one of his birthdays, he hosted a 70’s space theme night at a roller disco.


One of George’s closest friends produced a story about George as he had become the most prolific user of eye-gaze technology in the World. The creator told him that Steven Hawking couldn’t even come close to what George was doing. George’s three conditions were that he would get to wear his Elvis glasses, hold a cigar in his mouth & have a sexy nurse by his side for anything they filmed…


Sadly, George recently passed away.


From Imgur user darwynstheory: There are not words to describe what this loss means to his loved ones, so instead here is an excerpt from the obituary that George wrote for himself many years ago:

“The date is October 25, 2075. George Cornelius was suddenly attacked and brutally beaten to death by a group of angry circus midgets last Tuesday. He was at his place of employment, there he was the CEO of Gimped Pictures (formerly Paramount Pictures). He is survived by his Mother, Father, Sister, & his one eyed goldfish Petie.”

Below is the news piece that Imgur user darwynstheory created for George:

source: Imgur