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Chennai: Even as Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan prepare to meet for a serious discussion on cross-border terrorism plauging the region, the Apollo Hospital did its mite to giving a healing touch to a Pakistani suffering from Parkinson's Disease by performing an 'innovative' Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure lasting for nearly 15 hours.


Talking to reporters here today, Hospital Consultant Neurosurgeon, Dr R Ramnarayan and Consultant Neurologists, Dr Yograj and Dr Arul Selvan, said 56-year-old Mohd Arif from Peshawar was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2004.


Despite extensive treatment, his condition started deteriorating resulting in severe disability in walking and stiffness even with high doses of medication. ''He could not walk. He used to crawl,'' the doctors said.


He had tremors and his sleep was severely affected. Arif lost his appetite and had become deranged. He was suffering from incontinence.


With his condition worsening over the last 18 months, he was wheeled into the Apollo Hospital on January seven this year.


After undergoing a lot of processes, extensive assessment and screening procedure, he was surgically treated on February seven through Subthalamic Nucleus (STN) Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).


This complex and technically-demanding procedure involved inserting an electrode into the STN (deep in the brain) under local anaesthesia where the main focus was on patient safety and adherence to patented algorithm.
















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