Brain Surgeons: Between Life and Death

Brain Surgeons: Between Life and Death

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Matthew, aged 12, has a rare tumour deep in his mid-brain near his pineal gland, an area that affects sight, muscle function, hearing and sensation, and is about to undergo a lengthy – and risky – operation at the Neurological Centre in Southampton.
For the surgeons, every operation gives them the opportunity to learn more about the mysterious goings-on inside our heads. For Matthew, it is, quite simply, life-changing. There was no preview available, but as the programme follows the surgeons’ attempt to save Matthew’s life, it may not be one for the sensitive.

Summary

Documentary following patients undergoing life-changing brain surgery at the Neurological Centre in Southampton - one of Britain's foremost neurosurgical units, where some of the most difficult and complex operations in the country are performed. Twelve-year-old Matthew faces a gruelling two-day operation to remove an extremely rare tumour deep in his mid-brain, next to his pineal gland. This is a region key to the functioning of sight, muscles, hearing and sensation. With access to the hospital's team of leading paediatric surgeons, the programme follows the doctors' attempts at a delicate and risky operation, which could save Matthew's life.
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