"The Tremors Are Gone..."

A year ago, we introduced you to Terry Tonkin. He was getting ready to undergo and aggressive surgery to treat Parkinson's disease.

"It's been very emotional and very interesting." said Terry.

Terry has been dealing with Parkinson's Disease since 2000. Last year, the tremors were so bad, he and his wife of 48 years, Judy, had to make changes.

Judy said, "We were limited to the amount of things we could do, the places we would go."


Terry decided to undergo deep brain stimulation at the Nebraska Medical Center.

The goal...to stop his tremors.

Doctors drilled a hole in Terry's skull on both sides, and lowered wires into the brain.

Dr. Daniel Murman, a neurologist at NMC, said, "In Terry's case, certain parts of the brain are overactive. When they put these wires deep in the brain they literally shut down the output from that area."

Terry was awake during the surgery. His tremors stopped.

"Almost right away...it just boggled my mind." said Terry.

Dr. Murman said, "The tremors are gone, the stiffness gone. I think you can see Terry has gotten his life back."

The wires in Terry's brain are connected to a battery pack under his clavicle, much like a pacemaker. If he shuts it off, the tremors come back.

Terry says he can now go to Creighton games without worrying about shaking.

"I was afraid I was going to have to ditch my season tickets, so it was a blessing." said Terry.

"We were able to stay up late and see the New Year come in because we went to the Creighton game." said Judy.

Dr. Murman says the Nebraska Medical Center does roughly 30 to 50 surgeries a year for different types of movement disorders.

Patients are chosen very carefully for this surgery.

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