Posted by Elizabeth Rice (@elizabeth rice) · Feb 15, 2011
Jesse Jensen's Deep Brain Stimulation Story
When he was just five years old, Jesse Jensen of Missoula, Mont. began having tics, or involuntary movements, and was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome .
The tics were so violent they caused him intense neck pain and kept him out of regular school for 10 years. Last spring, Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Kendall Lee, M.D., and his team performed deep brain stimulation on Jesse. His tics have stopped and he was able to cut back on the majority of his medications. His family says the surgery "gave Jesse a life free of Tourettes…a life we never thought was possible." Jesse's family put together the video below to tell Jesse's story.