G Matis, D Silva, O Chrysou, T Birbilis
G Matis, D Silva, O Chrysou, T Birbilis. Editorial: A Butterfly Locked-In A Diving-Bell – Is Freedom Possible?. The Internet Journal of Neurosurgery. 2012 Volume 8 Number 1.
Name: Jean-Dominique Bauby (Jean-Do)
Profession: Journalist, Editor-in-Chief of the French
Diagnosis: Brainstem stroke – Locked-in syndrome (LIS)
Date: December 8 th, 1995
In 2007, the film
The film describes the true life story of Bauby, a man who had everything and consequently lost everything after a brainstem stroke. A man bed-bound with no ability to speak or move anything but his left eyelid [2,3,4,5]. By blinking not only was he able eventually to communicate with his physicians, nurses, speech therapists and family members, but also to write his own memoir via a code of alphabet letters [4,5,6,7]. He was locked-in .
The locked-in syndrome (LIS) or
Bauby remained comatose for almost three weeks. He woke up paralyzed ,
His body became a prison ; a diving bell .
Slowly, his past dissolved… 
Admitted in the Naval Hospital, at Berck-sur-Mer (Normandy), where
Amazingly, Bauby moved on with liveliness and hope for the future .
Moreover, he maintained and exhibited an enhanced sense of (ironic) humor  which sometimes alleviated depression . When he heard that old friends called him “vegetable” , he asked: “Did they say what sort of vegetable?” In another occasion, when his son Théophile asked him if he wanted to play Hangman, Bauby thought:
Bauby’s book includes all the humanistic qualities important in caring for the severely disabled . Clinicians seem to forget that quality of life often equates with social rather than physical interaction. Even LIS patients without motor recovery typically have a wish to live and rarely have suicidal thoughts. Thus, medical treatment should be as aggressive as it would be for other people with potential survival of a decade or more . Locked-in syndrome (LIS) is not synonymous with death. And Bauby has made this more than clear. He chose the option of imagination. He chose the option of the butterfly. He chose freedom. In his memoir the butterfly signifies freedom. The dedication to his two children found in the first page of his book (published two days before he died)  couldn’t be more meaningful: