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Epilepsy surgery in Australia found on internet

14 August, 2000

Two young boys that have Gelastic Epilepsy are to travel to Australia for surgery, after their parents found out about the treatment on the internet, the BBC reports.

Christopher Leslie and George Maben-Mead both have seizures which cannot be treated with conventional medication, and was thought to be inoperable. So far, surgeons in Melbourne have successfully removed tumours that cause the condition, in nine children. 

The boys are due to undergo the surgery in October, and are the first people in the UK to receive the treatment.

Surgeons in the UK are now willing to try the treatment, but the boy's parents decided instead to travel to Australia.