Kim Rollins is 36 and has suffered from the eating disorder anorexia since she was 15. At her lowest weight she was five stone and has had two strokes and a heart attack due to malnutrition.
Having exhausted all of the conventional treatment methods, Kim, from Ontario in Canada, was relieved to be approached by a group of doctors who were researching a technique called deep brain stimulation and whether or not it could be used to treat eating disorder patients.
The concept behind deep brain stimulation (DBS) is to block abnormal nerve signals that trigger anorexic thought patterns. Although Kim was apprehensive about the surgery, she knew at that point she had little choice.
How DBS works
Patients who have DBS are fitted with a neurostimulator, which is a small device (similar to a pacemaker) that...