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Hundreds more to live without epileptic seizures

Hundreds of children with epilepsy are to get the chance to live without debilitating seizures due to life-changing surgery being offered at three more hospitals.

Almost a third of the 65,000 under 18s who live with the devastating brain condition fail to respond to medication to stop their seizures.

But now highly specialised operations are being offered to drug-resistent patients at Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham, as well as Great Ormond Street, which was initially the only centre to offer the operation.

The extension of the surgery to the three new hospitals means the number of children to have the procedure will treble from 125 to 350, reducing the effects of seizures which can plague some youngsters up to six times a day for periods of up to 15 minute at a time.

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