This medical video looks into stimulating the brain for people who suffer from Tourette's.
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Jennifer Mathews: There's nothing Shawn Huhn would not do for his daughter Monica. Shawn Huhn: She's my little sweetheart. Jennifer Mathews: But until two months ago, there was a lot he couldn't do for her. Shawn has severe Tourette syndrome. The relentless tics made it nearly impossible to even hold Monica. Shawn Huhn: All day long, every day. Basically it's like a constant aerobics that I was going through. Jennifer Mathews: He isolated himself from never-ending stares -- staying close to home and his family. Shawn Huhn: What I've had to deal with in my life, I felt like committing suicide because I thought I was the stumbling block for a lot of people. Donald Richardson: The patients with really bad Tourette's are pretty isolated. So it's a pretty devastating disease in its more severe forms. Jennifer Mathews: Doctor Donald Richardson offered Shawn hope with this; a deep brain stimulator. It's been used in other brain disorders, but it's a first for Tourette's. Electrodes stimulate Shawn's brain by communicating with a device implanted under the skin. You can see how well it works, by what happens when it's off. Turn it on and the tics disappear. Donald Richardson: It was so dramatic in the operating room that I was impressed. I'm not very easy to impress. Jennifer Mathews: Shawn has waited 31 years for a life he's excited to live. Now, he says, he finally has it. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.
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