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Botox treatment allows woman to speak after 16 years of silence

Posted: 5:28 PM, Jan 04, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-04 20:15:08-05

A New Berlin woman is silent no more, and she says it’s because of Botox.  She suffered from a rare neurological condition causing spasms to the voice box and vocal cords.

Yvonne Kaminski says speaking again has restored her social life.  Spasmodic Dysphonia is a rare condition that caused her not to talk for 16 years, she says it was tough but she remained optimistic.

"It was very difficult, I have a couple of grandchildren who never heard my voice, I always felt bad when they were real small that I couldn't read to them because I wanted that so badly," she said.

A week ago, her doctor at Froedtert hospital injected Botox into her throat within a few days she could speak again.

"It's like a miracle and I have a lot of faith, I always had hope," she said.

Yvonne expects her voice to get better with time. She says she has to get Botox every 3 months.

Throughout the 16 years, Kaminski says she also tried acupuncture, massages, relaxing techniques and saw a chiropractor. She's looking forward to reading to her grandchildren now.

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