A TEEN with cerebral palsy has been left unable to communicate after cruel thieves stole her computer.
The family of Miya Thirlby, 16, have launched an appeal backed by football legend Alan Shearer and tennis ace Andy Murray to hunt down the equipment
Miya Thirlby has been left unable to talk after cruel thieves stole her computer
The schoolgirl, who also has epilepsy, uses a tablet with sophisticated equipment which generates speech from what she is looking at.
The Accent 1400, which costs around £5,700, was stolen from dad Paul Johnson’s car from outside the family home in Plymouth.
Paul said: “I want to get the word out to get it back.
“Miya cannot talk but I get the feeling she knows it has gone, she uses it every day.
Miya with mum Kerrie and twin sister Macie
“It will be upsetting for her.”
The 40-year-old believes thieves may have believed they were stealing a regular computer as the tablet was stored in a laptop bag.
More than 2,000 people have now retweeted an appeal to find the computer, which has been specially adapted to work with Miya’s eyes.
The device has pictures of Paul, mum Kerrie and Miya’s twin Macie and says their names if the teen looks at the images.
Paul has now urged anyone who might know where the tablet is to hand it in.
Kind well-wishers have also offered to raise money to buy a replacement, but Paul is hoping to get the original computer back.
A social media appeal has been retweeted by more than 2,000 people