HISTORIC MEDICAL TRIAL 

UK SCHOOLBOY MAKES HISTORY WITH GROUNDBREAKING EPILEPSY DEVICE

Published By Moushumi Mahanta | 25 Jun, 2024

Medical Breakthrough

A schoolboy from southwest England, Oran Knowlson, has made medical history as the first severe epilepsy patient to try a new neurostimulator device fitted in his skull.
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Device Functionality

The neurostimulator sends electrical signals deep into the brain, aiming to block or disrupt abnormal bursts of electrical activity that trigger seizures.
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Significant Reduction in Seizures

Since the device was implanted, Oran's daytime seizures have been reduced by 80%.
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Condition Details

Oran has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe and treatment-resistant form of epilepsy that he developed at age three.
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The Surgery

The surgery, which lasted around eight hours, took place in October 2023.
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Positive Behavioral Changes

Post-surgery, Oran has become more chatty and expressive, showing typical teenage behavior, which adds to his overall quality of life.
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