22 January 2016
CBBC’s Operation Ouch! explores epilepsy surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital
A paediatric epilepsy patient treated at Bristol Royal Hospital
for Children will feature in the next episode of CBBC's Operation
On Monday 25 January, Ben Housecroft, an epilepsy patient
treated at Bristol Children's Hospital, will feature in the new
serious of the popular CBBC show, Operation Ouch! Following the
paediatric epilepsy and neurosurgery team at the hospital, Dr Chris
gets an insight into the treatment options for patients with
epilepsy at Bristol Children's Hospital.
Michael Carter, consultant neurosurgeon at Bristol Children's
Hospital, said: "The interest from Operation Ouch! was a wonderful
opportunity to showcase the great work of the paediatric epilepsy
surgery team in Bristol.
"It was also a golden opportunity to demonstrate the huge
difference that modern neurosurgery can make in the lives of
children otherwise untreatable of epilepsy.
"In the UK there are many children with non-drug responsive
epilepsy who could benefit from early surgery, but for various
reasons, don't get it. It's important to get the message out
there- to parents and indeed other health care professionals - that
early referral to an epilepsy surgery centre, could change or even
save a life. We're very hopeful that the popularity of Operation
Ouch! will help spread the word about what's now safe and possible
for patients with epilepsy."
Craig Housecroft, Ben's father, said: "We were very happy to
have the Operation Ouch! team following Ben through this process.
Ben was already a fan of the programme and so he jumped at the
chance to appear on it. As parents we were happy to take part, as
it allowed us to help spread the word of new treatments that are
available and also to hopefully give other parents the confidence
to go down the same route.
"The team who filmed him were extremely considerate and Dr Chris
was even nicer than he appears on TV. He spent a lot of time with
Ben and has checked on his progress since the operation, even
coming back unexpectedly to do the final bit of filming which took
place 3 weeks after the operation.
"We can't thank Mr Carter and the rest of the staff at Bristol
Children's Hospital enough, and can't wait to see it all on the TV
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