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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 19:50 IST

Scottish teen seizure-free after groundbreaking brain surgery

A Scottish teenager with epilepsy is now seizure-free, thanks to a life-changing laser brain surgery.

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A Scottish teenager with epilepsy is now seizure-free, thanks to a life-changing laser brain surgery. | Image:Unsplash
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Scotland, UK: A Scottish teenager with epilepsy is now seizure-free, thanks to a life-changing laser brain surgery, the New York Post reported. Notably, 17-year-old Angus Bain endured epileptic fits at least once a week for the past 13 years. However, the teen recently underwent a groundbreaking surgery that removed the brain tissue causing seizures. Ten weeks after the surgery, the teenager had not had a single episode, according to his mother.

Scottish Teen becomes Seizure-Free

While sharing his experience, Bain said, "I never had such a long period without having a seizure; it was an amazing relief. I was so happy. Christmas is a big occasion, and now it will be even bigger this year. Being able to have this surgery is amazing. I think it could change my life forever by making me able to do the things I haven't been able to do,'' reported a Scotland News outlet.

The surgery took place at the Edinburgh Children's Hospital in October. The innovative laser technology known as MRI-guided Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) is minimally invasive, and the surgery takes just under two hours with a relatively short recovery time. During the procedure, a laser removed a piece of his brain that caused the attacks.

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''The laser surgery is a fantastic development for specific patients and will give some with epilepsy a real chance to live a normal life. The surgery has been life-changing not just for Angus, but for the entire family,'' Dr Jothy Kandasamy, consultant neurosurgeon at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People said. The teenager who lived in Gateside, Fife, was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was four years old. Since then, he has been on lots of heavy medication, tests, and scans.

His mother Nicki Bain said that their lives were consumed with Angus's epilepsy since he was four. He was on lots of very heavy medication, had wires in his head, brain stimulation, and so many tests and scans. The build-up to his having a seizure would last a few days, then after the seizure, it would take another couple of days for him to recover, so I don't think he ever actually had a normal day.

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Published December 26th, 2023 at 19:50 IST

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