British teen receives world’s first epilepsy device implant

It took neurosurgeons at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London seven hours to place this brain implant.


A British teenager with severe epilepsy has become the first child in the world to receive a brain implant to control his seizures.

Doctors at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital placed a neurostimulator under the skull of 13-year-old Oran Knowlson. It sends electrical signals deep into the brain and has reduced his seizures by about 80 percent.

After years of suffering up to 300 seizures a day, his mother, Justine, said: “I feel like I’m slowly getting my son back. It’s going to take time, but for the first time in ten years, we really have hope.”

Three more children will soon take part in the UK trial, which experts have described as a “game changer”.

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