Last updated: 14 july, 2010 - 17:31 GMT

The man who chose life over death by moving his eyes

Richard Rudd and his father

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Forty-three-year-old Richard Rudd was knocked off his motorbike last October.

The accident left him completely paralysed.

In his hospital bed, he was unable to communicate or to move and was and kept alive only by a ventilator and a tube feeding him directly into his stomach.

His family all agreed it was time to let him go.

Richard himself, it turned out, disagreed.

Only his ability to move his eyes made it possible to let them know.

Europe Today's Paul Henley spoke to Richard's father, also called Richard.

First broadcast 14 July 2010

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