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Eyal Sherman, the son of a rabbi in upstate New York, was a happy-go-lucky toddler. At the age of four, however, he suffered a catastrophic stroke that left him unable to talk, walk, feed himself, or breathe on his own again.

Despite the damage to his body, the stroke left Eyal’s mind entirely intact. With the support of his family, he graduated middle school, high school and after nine years of classes, received a fine arts degree from Syracuse University in 2009.

That year, Keith Morrison and the Dateline team produced this story about his life. Until now, however, it has never been seen. We hope you are as inspired by Eyal’s journey as we are.

Eyal's Story

Jan. 14, 201409:13

Eyal is now in his early thirties. His father, Rabbi Charles Sherman, has written a book called "The Broken and the Whole,” where he questions if it’s possible to experience joy after heartbreak. The book will be published this year.