The neurosurgery team at Dubrava Clinical Hospital has achieved another success. A 10-year-old Croatian boy from Dalmatia, who was paralyzed due to a rare disease, has received a deep brain stimulator implant. Just three months after surgery, the boy is walking.
After a five-year search, the parents of the 10-year-old boy finally learned about his diagnosis. A rare disease, dystonia, is a condition in which the brain has no control over muscular activity and was the cause of all their son’s problems. They sought help from Professor Chudy at KB Dubrava (Dubrava Clinical Hospital), according to Ruža Ištuk/Dnevnik/HRT on January 8, 2020.
Their son underwent surgery three months ago, and they say that the results are amazing. The boy is speaking more clearly, sits without help, can control his movements and walk.
“I feel wonderful. It’s like a new birthday for me. I don’t know how to describe the feeling as a parent. It’s a big deal to have a child who has a (medical) problem, and then everything gets better. It’s phenomenal, said the boy’s parent.
Professor Darko Chudy, head of the Department of Neurosurgery at KB Dubrava, said he expects the boy to become independent and to have the same life opportunities as other boys.
“This stimulator works like a trigger which enables muscles to follow orders,” Chudy explained.
“There’s no better feeling. It motivates you to keep going and become even better at what we do so that our patients are happy and satisfied, said Fadi Almahariq, neurosurgeon at KB Dubrava.
Veronica Paradžhik, the boy’s physical therapist, is also delighted as the improvements are becoming increasingly visible.
“It was only after the stimulator was installed that physical therapy sessions began to show results,” Paradžhik revealed.
The boy is now undergoing spa therapy and his condition is expected to further improve.
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