For the first time in its history, the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital performed an advanced form of brain surgery called deep brain stimulation on several children with dystonia. That’s a disease that produces chronic, involuntary contortions of the trunk and limbs. The procedure involves placing electrodes deep in the brain and then connecting them with a pacemaker-like device placed in the abdomen. The surgery has allowed children to walk again and perform everyday functions. Neurosurgeon Dr. Ratan Bhardwaj will discuss the procedure.
In 1983, Channel 8 broke broadcasting ground by airing an open-heart surgery performed by local surgeon Dr. Ted Diethrich of the Arizona Heart Center. Join Dr. Diethrich; former Producer Dr. Richard D’Alli; and director Jeff Hallberg as they look back at the surgery production and talk about its 30th anniversary.