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10 Jul 2019

Two-year-old becomes youngest child in world to have groundbreaking brain surgery

Health and Social Care Editor

A girl aged just two years and eight months has become the youngest child in the world to have an operation to calm uncontrolled muscle spasms by having electrodes inserted into her brain.

Viktoria Kaftanikaite, from Glasgow, underwent the deep brain stimulation surgery at the Evelina Hospital in London to control the effects of her rare genetic mutation which had halted her development and risked being life threatening.

This report contains scenes from the surgery.