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Awakenings Leonard after 30 years has been given the chance to live again with the help of the L Dopa drug Awakening after 30 years Leonard is faced with the fact that hes lost 30 years of his life All is revealed when Dr Sayer photographs Leonard and presents him with a self-portrait After Leonards awakening he wanted to do so much so fast He wanted to be normal experience relationships have his freedom and most importantly be treated as a human being with dignity The awakening was overwhelming at first however he adjusted to his new life fairly quickly Leonard now aged 50 became a living example of the drugs effects on humans Dr Sayer carefully monitored Leonards progress and Leonard began to regress he insisted that Dr Sayer continue recording and observing him for scientific research Leonards first words were Im awake He said this with great emotion He knew hed been sleeping but not for as long as it actually was Before his total awakening Dr Sayer spent many hours tending to Leonard observing that he was like a live animal trying to escape that couldnt break free This showed his dedication Dr Sayers scientific research into the L Dopa drug made possible Leonards awakening He saw this drug as having potential and gave it a try As the drug was given to Leonard Dr Sayer noticed little effect but this made him more persistent and the dosage was raised Initially it was 200mg and through Dr Sayers persistence the dosage reached 1000mg and this produced the amazing result of awakening Leonard At first Leonard was scared of going to sleep with the fear of never waking again His mother had to sing him to sleep as she did when he was younger and unaffected by the neurological effects of the devastating disease encephalitis As time went on Leonard wanted independence and the ability to go where he wanted
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