The 76-year-old woman is getting her voice back after scientists used Tipping Point’s appearance to reconstruct the voice

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76-year-old woman regains her voice after scientists use her performance on a TV game show as a guide to how she speaks

  • Helen Whitelaw appeared on ITV’s Tipping Point in 2019 and won nearly £ 3,000
  • A year later, she was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, which affected her speech
  • But engineers have now used show footage to capture the sound of her voice

A retiree whose ability to talk was lost due to illness has had her own voice reconstructed on the computer – thanks to an earlier appearance on a TV game show.

Helen Whitelaw, 76, appeared on ITV’s Tipping Point in 2019, winning nearly £ 3,000.

A year later, she was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, which causes slurred speech due to failing muscles in the tongue, lips, vocal cords, and chest.

But engineers have now used her Tipping Point recordings to capture the sound of her voice and turn it into a computer tool that allows her to express herself more clearly.

A retiree whose ability to talk was lost due to illness has had her own voice reconstructed on the computer – thanks to an earlier appearance on a TV game show. Helen Whitelaw, 76, appeared on ITV’s Tipping Point in 2019, winning nearly £ 3,000

Ms. Whitelaw from Glasgow said she was’ extremely grateful ‘to have her voice back and added:’ The diagnosis was terrible.

‘I wanted people to know what I was saying – and I didn’t want to sound like a machine. My frustration has disappeared and I can have satisfying conversations. ‘

Her daughter, Gillian Scott, told Good Morning Britain yesterday, host of Tipping Point, Ben Shephard, that the family feared ‘all hope was lost’.

But thanks to SpeakUnique, the Edinburgh company that developed the voice, Miss Scott said it was “simply best” to hear her mother’s voice again.

Speak Unique’s Alice Smith said, ‘We joked that she could definitely say’ Drop zone four ‘because that was such a catchphrase on the show!’

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