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Saturday, April 1, 2023
Letter: Remarkable medical procedure cured decades-long tremors
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

In the spring of 2021 I spoke publicly about my history of intentional tremor and seeing a newspaper article about a new procedure at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto that had real success in treating this problem using MRI technology and focused ultrasound.

I had suffered from shaking in both my hands since high school and by last year it was so severe that I could not sign my name.

I booked an appointment with our family doctor in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Dr. Luigi Ricciardi, who put together a detailed email for Dr. Nir Lipsman at Sunnybrook outlining my situation.

After several meetings and tests, I was on the operating table and three hours later, the shaking in the left side of my body was gone.

Because the brain is divided in two parts, left and right, there is a one-year gap between the two procedures.

On Tuesday, July 25, 2022, I got up from the operating table with no shaking on my left or right side.

This is part of the future of medicine and I want to thank Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Lipsman and everyone at the Virgil clinic and at Sunnybrook for making my life more comfortable.

Bill Auchterlonie

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