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Supporting Keith by changing the rules

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Local MP Meg Munn recently visited constituent Keith Hall to find out how his health was following his recent operation to tackle dystonia. Keith and Meg first met in 2001when he asked her to press the government to allow a particular treatment for dystonia to be available on the NHS.


Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes muscles in the body to pull or spasm and affects more than 70,000 people in the UK. These involuntary contractions cause twisting or repetitive movements, or force the body into unusual postures. The treatment, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), is seen as one of the best treatments in controlling the condition.


It is a surgical procedure in which two fine electrodes are inserted into the brain. They are connected to a subcutaneous power source which delivers a constant, painless, signal which blocks the signals that cause the disabling symptoms of dystonia.


Since Meg and Keith’s first meeting, and following the efforts of Meg and others, the government changed the rules and DBS is now available on the NHS. At the end of last year Keith had his most recent session of DBS and was delighted with the results.


Meg said:


“When Keith first contacted me in 2001 I had never heard of dystonia. However having seen Keith come through his treatment successfully I thought it was right that this treatment was made available through the NHS.


Since our first meeting Keith and I have kept in close contact and it has been a pleasure to see his progress over the years. I am delighted that this effective process is available on the NHS and I hope many more people will have an experience as good as that of Keith’s.”


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Meg with Keith

Meg with Keith

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