Woman cured of Tourette’s syndrome by electrodes implanted in brain


Claire Bates
Mail Online

December 23, 2011

A woman with Tourette’s syndrome who suffered such terrible spasms she became a virtual recluse, has been given her life back following pioneering surgery.

Jayne Bargent, 55, said she has been effectively cured of the uncontrollable and violent tics that left her unable to read, cook or walk in a straight line.

She had suffered from Tourette’s syndrome since childhood but over the past few years medication taken to treat the condition had started to make it worse.

Doctors at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Bloomsbury implanted two tiny electrodes into her brain which were then connected up to a pacemaker battery in her chest.

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