In 1990 Richard Moir was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Richard is an actor but as the freezes and shakes became more evident his career faded. Then his marriage crumbled. The physical despair of this incurable illness is obvious but the weight of constant depression is no less debilitating.
So, having tried many treatments, Richard decided in late 2003 to have the procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation. Essentially two electrodes are embedded deep in the brain to stimulate the subthalamic nucleus with a mild electrical current. The operation lasts about five hours and the patient has to be totally awake throughout the whole procedure. The bravery of the patient, the skill of the surgeons and the technology are quite awe inspiring.