Motor neurone disease patient 'banks' speech patterns

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Laurence Brewer, 43, from Bolton is believed to be the first person in the UK with motor neurone disease to bank his speech patterns so he can use his own voice when the time comes for him to use a speech synthesiser.

At present, when people with MND lose their voice they are given a choice of voices to use - a bit like a talking sat nav in a car.

But Laurence is using some American software that, by recording 1,600 phrases, will allow him to sound quite similar to how he does now.

This programme is broadcast on BBC Inside Out North West on Monday 7 March BBC One at 1930 and nationwide via the BBC iPlayer following transmission.

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