This 13-year-old lad is truly an amazing friend, he did everything he could and used the resources he has just to help his friend struck by lightning to speak again.
Real passion mixed with the urge to help the ones in need will truly produce amazing things, this boy from Ohio knows it from the bottom of his heart.
The 13-year old boy named Jacob Smilg, is working hard while in the holidays to offer his buddy his voice back. John, the eight grader kid, features a genuine enthusiasm for technology and he’s utilizing it in the greatest method. He’s applying all his skills to create a system that will help his friend struck by lightning to speak again.
His 15- year-old buddy, Ethan Kadish, was unfortunately struck by a lightning back in 2013 during a frisbee sport. The lightning had in fact hit two other people in Goldman Union Camping Institute in Zionsville, Indiana.
The injury brought by lightning was very serious that it almost killed Ethan. Fortunately, Ethan survived and is currently recovering gradually. Nevertheless, he can’t stroll, chat, eat or go to bathroom by his own. The adolescent from Loveland who got the extreme brain injury made an important break-through (just last month) when he began to flash his eyes to convey yes or no.
So his pal Jacob, from Sycamore Junior High School – considered by many as a prodigy – really wants to help him progress more by programming and designing a video board that will help him communicate in a better way.
And on Thanksgiving night, they tried out Jacob’s invention and it was a success!
It was the most he communicated in a year and a half. It changes things on such a fundamental level, in terms of what we see he understands.”
However Jacob’s kit is still in development stage and currently has some issue keeping the wires in. He hopes to advance his programming and make a simplified keyboard with less buttons, yet will work perfectly. Jacob is hoping to get a 3D printer for Hanukkah to enclose the circuit board.