Sports Stars Back Appeal To Find Disabled Girl’s Stolen Talking Aid

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Sports Stars Back Appeal To Find Disabled Girl’s Stolen Talking Aid

The father of a teenager who has been left unable to communicate after thieves stole her computer has been overwhelmed after the story went around the world.

The father of a teenager who has been left unable to communicate after thieves stole her computer has been overwhelmed after the story went around the world.

An appeal for help in finding the talking aid Miya Thirlby uses has been shared on social media by football legend Alan Shearer and tennis hero Andy Murray and has been retweeted more than 18,000 times.

Shearer said on Twitter: “Come on man. Do the decent thing and please somehow get the machine back to this little girl.”

Can everyone who sees this retweet this please. My daughter had her speech machine stolen out of the car. Its her only way of communicating with us. It was very pricey so it cant be easily replaced. Poor girl now cant speak to us again!! #Nufc#getmiyasvoiceback#help#plymouthpic.twitter.com/7p9tTSMTWC

January 11, 2018

The 16-year-old from Plymouth, who also has epilepsy, uses a tablet with sophisticated software which generates speech from what she is looking at.

Her father Paul Johnson said the Accent 1400 cost around £5,700. He originally asked for information about its whereabouts after it was stolen from his car outside the family home.

After his tweet went viral, Johnson, a 40-year-old business analyst, said: “The reaction has been nuts.”

Come on man. Do the decent thing and please somehow get the machine back to this little girl. ]]>🙏🏻🙏🏻

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