An old man named Henry, living at the Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn for more than 10 years, habitually sits in his wheelchair with his head hanging, appearing to be barely alive.
In the emotional video above (which has more than two million views on YouTube) we see reception therapist Yvonne Russell fitting him into an iPod loaded with music from his own era. Like flipping a switch, Henry comes back to life.
Famous neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks comments in the video, "His face assumes expression, his eyes open wide, he starts to sing."
The clip is from a new film called Alive Inside, by by Michael Rossato-Bennett. The film follows the reawakening of ‘lost’ patients through music.
Alive Inside is premiering on April 18 at the Rubin Museum in New York.
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