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Former Budgie star has Parkinson's disease breakthrough

6/17/2014

Former Budgie rocker Pete Boot is winning his battle with Parkinson's disease thanks to risky new treatment that appears to have slowed down his condition. The Welsh drummer was diagnosed with the disease over 20 years ago, but last year (Feb13), he underwent an operation that planted electrodes in his brain. Boot, 64, claims the ground-breaking procedure has helped improve his mobility by up to 90 per cent. He tells Wales Online, "The operation should give me another 10 years of continued mobility. It's worth the risk because I have had it so long. "My choices were pretty limited. I could have had the deep brain stimulation or I could have had something put into my stomach, which they put gel in, but that did not sound nice. The other option was huge injections that I would have had to give myself every day. I didn't fancy that, so I took the deep brain stimulation. They drilled two holes in my head and passed four electrodes through my brain, out the side of my head and back down my neck and into my chest. Embedded in my chest, a bit like a pacemaker, is a stimulator."

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