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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 Ouch!

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 this Monday."

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