Video: How Deep Brain Stimulation Helped Kaitlynn
Active and bright at 5 years old with dreams of becoming a ballerina, Kaitlynn developed a movement disorder called dystonia and became unable to walk, talk, feed herself or hold a pencil for years. Her family brought her to Phoenix Children’s Hospital after being told by a neurologist in another state there wasn’t anything that could be done for her. Dr. Ratan Bhardwaj, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, performed a surgical procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on Kaitlynn. Today she is walking, communicating and feeding herself. She has even become an accomplished painter. As Kaitlynn said to Dr. Bhardwaj, “This made me feel human again.”
Check out the video below to learn about Kaitlynn’s story:
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