Former dentist spends year typing novel with one finger

Brain injury led to writing therapy

Former practicing dentist Stephen Davis spent a year typing his debut novel with one finger after a life threatening brain injury.

The 57-year-old was left in a coma for five weeks after falling from his horse in a polo match three years ago. He has had to learn to walk and talk again after suffering paralysis, multiple skull fractures, and a broken arm and shoulder.

Now he has just published his first novel, "The Merlin Legacy," after spending a year typing the 82,000-word book out on his word processor.

Dr. Davis, who is a former chairman of the Meplash Show, said, “It took a year. I typed it all using one finger on my right hand. Word processors are a great thing.”

Dr. Davis, who didn’t have the use of his left hand, added, “It was part of my fight back against the brain injury."

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