Pam Crosthwaite undergoes Deep Brain Stimulation surgery.
AROUND 90 THOUSAND AUSTRALIANS HAVE PARKINSON’S DISEASE: AN INCURABLE DISORDER WHICH BREAKS DOWN THE BRAIN’S ABILITY TO CONTROL MOVEMENT. AS MEDICATION BECOMES INEFFECTIVE, THERE IS HOPE THAT CUTTING EDGE SURGERY MAY FILL THE GAP.
Produced for The Project on Network Ten, Mike followed the journey of Pam Crosthwaite, as she prepares to undergo surgery to have a pacemaker installed in her chest. But this pacemaker won’t keep her heart going. Instead, it will send an electrical charge deep into her brain, in the hope of treating her Parkinson’s symptoms.
The story is split into two parts: before surgery and after surgery. It was very rare for The Project to do stories longer than five minutes and even rarer for them to split stories across commercial breaks.