If you see Darren Page staring into the distance, momentarily unable to talk, don’t assume he’s a criminal or substance abuser.
Mr Page, like many other people in Orange, has a disability, and at times it’s hard for him to communicate.
Having had partial epileptic seizures for the past 20 years, Mr Page was fitted with a Vagus nerve stimulator to help control his condition, one of the side effects is that the device affects the tone of his voice, making him sound congested.
“People keep asking me if I’ve got a cold and that’s really hard when it happens all the time,” Mr Page said.
Despite the benefits of the Vagus nerve stimulator, the device hasn’t stopped the seizures from occurring but it has reduced their veracity.