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Surgery gives man his 'life back'
Clive Ruddy
Mr Ruddy has had Parkinson's Diease for 15 years
A Sheffield man has "got his life back" after pioneering brain surgery stopped his symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

Since Clive Ruddy had electrodes fitted in his brain and a small pacemaker-like device in his chest, he has been relieved of 95% of his suffering.

Mr Ruddy, from Thurlston, opted for deep brain stimulation, at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, after being warned he could become blind or deaf.

Twelve people a year have the surgery which stops the symptons immediately.

Mr Ruddy, who remained awake throughout the five hour operation, said: "I no longer have involuntary movements.

"I am still and stable, no shaking. I can sit down and watch a boxing match, its 100% better

" I have got my life back."

'Therapeutic freedom'

The procedure involves fitting electrodes inside the head to try and "down regulate" overactive areas of the brain where the tremors are caused.

A brain pacemaker is also fitted in the chest which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain to stop the shaking symptons of the diease.

A spokesman for the hospital, said: "It is ideal for those patients for who drugs have lost effect.

"It can give them a therapeutic freedom."

Following the success of surgery Mr Ruddy has resumes gardening, can drink a glass of water without spilling it and plans to go scuba diving in Australia.

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