Everyone’s Life Matters

13 December 2019

“My name is Lindsay Hodgson; seven years go when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease my life changed forever. It is because of people like you who support the Bionics Institute that I have hope for the future” 

After Lindsay Hodgson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease he visited Dr Wesley Thevathasan, a leading Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, Austin and St Vincent’s hospitals in Melbourne and a collaborator with the Bionics Institute. Dr Thevathasan recommended that Lindsay consider undergoing a treatment known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery. This is a complex surgical procedure requiring patients to remain awake and results could include unwanted side-effects.

After careful consideration Lindsay chose to go ahead with the surgery in June 2019 and the surgery was a huge success!

Fortunately for future patients, Dr Thevathasan and the Bionics Institute research team recently discovered a unique brain signal that will act as a homing device, improving the accuracy and effectiveness of the surgery and allowing the surgery to be performed whilst the patient is asleep.

We at the Bionics Institute have a vision to help patients like Lindsay transform their lives. Money raised will help us to fast track our development timeframe and we will be in a position to support more people living with Parkinson’s disease in the near future.

Read Lindsay’s full story here.


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