An illustration of the brain of epilepsy suffer Billy Whitaker, 15, at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Bristol. The green square is the area from which he has his fits.
See SWNS story SWBRAIN; This is the astonishing moment a 15-year-old boy became one of the first children in the UK to have his epilepsy cured – after a robot created a ‘sat-nav’ map of his brain. Billy Whitaker, 15, had suffered daily seizures for seven years and conventional surgery to remove part of his brain had failed. But neurosurgeons used a brand new £350,000 robot – almost exactly like the ones used in car manufacturing factories – to drill electrodes deep into his brain. For the first time they were able to pinpoint the epicentre of his debilitating attacks down to minute accuracy.

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