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Man's surgery to control Tourette's deemed successful

Man's Surgery To Control Tourette's Deemed Successful

For 10 years, Robbie's Tourette's syndrome was so violent that he was constantly at risk of hurting himself. His mother said he would contort his body in ways she never thought possible. When Robbie was 16, he took part in an experimental procedure that put a device in his brain that would emit electric impulses to help control his tremors.

The surgery took 12 and a half hours to complete, and is extremely rare. Robbie's doctor said that when it was done, less than 100 others worldwide had undergone the treatment.

It seems to have been worth the risk: Three years later, he's only had a few tics.

After coming off his medication, Robbie also lost 120 lbs. He is currently a sophomore at Pratt Institute studying film and has a 4.0 average. Thanks to the surgery, he's finally in control of his body and his life.

Robbie is able to control the device in his brain and can turn up the device to emit more electronic impulses if he feels symptoms coming.

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rreggaeredkc December 31 2013 at 3:33 PM

I have worked with patients with Tourette's before and it is devastating to watch and try to help. It's looking better for these patients who at one time were deemed mentally unstable. I wish Robbie the best!

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Bawanna!!! December 31 2013 at 10:54 PM

Science is an act of God...Many blessings!

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bch444 December 31 2013 at 11:15 PM

also is proof that his IQ was not related to his disease. A 4.0 is hard to maintain in college.

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virginmrq January 01 2014 at 12:23 AM

awesome! may you keep on the road to good health! bless you!

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willsayhi January 01 2014 at 1:04 AM

Congratulations. Glad the surgery worked. Hopefully it will work for others suffering from this disease.

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Anne January 01 2014 at 1:28 AM

That is fantastic! Have a great life, Robbie!

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Karen January 01 2014 at 4:02 AM

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Wonderful story, so glad Robbie is now leading a normal life! Gives others with tourette's hope!

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Hi Bob and Rose January 01 2014 at 7:55 AM

God Bless Robbie, be safe and enjoy all the time you missed out on.

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mouse January 01 2014 at 9:14 AM

Hooray for science! Good news for those with the problem. I wish they had told us why this is not being done for everyone who have such violent symptoms. With Obamacare, insurance companies must cover it as pre-existing conditions can't be excluded.

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oops02743 January 01 2014 at 9:14 AM

So glad for him.

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