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Man goes to US over memory loss

Man's hope for US brain surgery

A father from Wigan who has a brain condition which stops him remembering his children's birthdays is going to the US for pioneering medical help.

James Smith, 26, suffers from focal cortical dysplasia, a cyst on his brain which means he has up to 25 seizures a day and serious memory loss.

Existing treatment available in the UK has risks associated with it that could leave the patient paralysed or blind.

Mr Smith said because of that he wanted to try techniques available in the US.

The condition has meant Mr Smith often forgets his three children's birthdays.

Mr Smith's wife Kelly said: "Some nights when he has really bad seizures he will come down in the morning in my clothes and won't think anything of it."

She added that life was difficult caring for their children and husband, who has been unable to work because of his illness.

The couple, who are meeting with doctor in the US later this month, have started fundraising because the operation could cost up to £100,000.

Focal cortical dysplasia is a common cause of epilepsy in adults.

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