Bridging the Gap


"Victor uniform two mike Kilo Papa," Robert Kohli barks into a microphone, his voice spinning off into the ether via an amateur radio satellite 4,500 km up in the sky. He pauses to listen for incoming signals. He hears a crackle, then the voice of Charlie from Hong Kong: "You are strong as ever today."

Each morning, Kohli, a Swiss national who suffers from multiple sclerosis, which has left him paralyzed from the neck down, maneuvers his wheelchair using a chin-operated control to a table in the living room of his Bangalore bungalow. There, neatly laid out,...

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