By 2003, Eric Silvius had not heard his wife speak in 13 years.
Multiple sclerosis had taken her voice. It had taken her ability to swallow. Her arms. Her legs. Her clear vision. It had taken the job she loved as a psychologist.
But her voice, which Penny lost around 1990, was the hardest test for the Silviuses because it affected the way they communicated as husband and wife.
The Silviuses, both Navy veterans, moved from California to Lincoln in 2002 when Eric took a job as an executive with Meyer Foods. In 2003, Penny had throat surgery in Omaha.
One morning a few days after the surgery, Eric took a phone call at work. The voice on the other end was hoarse.
But he knew it instantly.
I think my voice is coming back!
“It was like Christmas when you’re a kid,” Eric said. “After that, you couldn’t call our home phone because it was always busy – I think she called up everybody she knew.”
The thankful couple decided to give back.
Find out what they did and how yet another miracle came their way.
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December 21st, 2011