Scottish girl is world’s youngest deep brain stimulation patient

By: Denis Campbell Health policy editor |

Scottish girl is world’s youngest deep brain stimulation patient

| Neuroscience | The Guardian

Two-year-old has had brain surgery to treat spasms, raising hopes for other children

A two year-old girl from Glasgow has become the youngest person in the world to undergo brain surgery that doctors say could help limit severe disability among children afflicted by uncontrollable body movements.

Viktoria Kaftanikaite was just 32 months old when she had deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat a condition called dystonia, which caused her arms and legs to flail about and her mouth to twitch constantly while she was awake.

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