First Brain Surgery Aired Live on American TV Goes Smoothly
“I never expected this,” says a Parkinson's patient whose hand tremor went away for first time in 10 years.
A 49-year-old Ohio electrician who has long suffered from Parkinson's Disease is recovering well from his Sunday evening brain surgery, the first ever televised live in the United States.
The procedure can’t be declared a success for several weeks or months, said Michael Okun, national medical director for the National Parkinson’s Foundation, an independent care and research organization.
The patient, Greg Grindley, had surgery to implant electrodes that would deliver what's known as "deep brain stimulation" to parts of his brain that have been increasingly faulty since his diagnosis with Parkinson’s a decade ago.
The procedure, a joint presentation of the National Geographic Channel and Mental Floss, went exactly as planned. Grindley was awake during the surgery, so he