Mulbarton Parkinson's patient plans Asian charity trek

PUBLISHED: 08:31 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:10 14 July 2010

AN inspiring Parkinson's patient has revealed plans for a charity trek in south Asia after his life was transformed after undergoing complex brain surgery.

AN inspiring Parkinson's patient has revealed plans for a charity trek in south Asia after his life was transformed after undergoing complex brain surgery.

Trevor Mills was diagnosed with the neurological disorder, which normally affects older people, when he was just 38.

Ten years on and the father-of-two from Mulbarton said his quality of life had improved markedly after receiving brain surgery to help control his condition.

The 48-year-old said he was planning to go on a trek in Nepal next year to raise funds for the Parkinson's Disease Society following the life-changing surgery.

Mr Mills, who moved to Norfolk from east London seven years ago, underwent a seven hour 'deep brain stimulation' procedure at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in February, which involved the insertion of electrodes and wires into his head, connected to a battery pack in his chest.

The device, which will last for seven years, releases electrical pulses that help to counteract the loss of nerve cells and abnormal signals in the brain, which affects his mobility.

Mr Mills, whose operation was featured on the BBC's Inside Out programme on Monday said he was “80pc better” and was able to walk properly following the procedure.

“The cocktail of medication varies from person to person, but I was taking 50 pills a day before the op and now I am on 10 and my quality of life is much improved.

“I never realised how bad I was until I saw the film. I was awful. I would fall over four or five times a day and once broke my elbow. It was like having 10 pints of Stella and being spun round in my bar chair.

“I would not say I am completely cured. It is not a miracle cure, it just controls it,” he said.

BBC cameras followed the nightclub DJ for a year as they witnessed his condition before and after the risky operation, which has enabled him to start running again.

Mr Mills, who had previously been very active and had served in the forces, said he was looking to complete a charity trek in Nepal next November.

“I am more into raising awareness than money. I am young for the illness and people do not think someone my age would get Parkinson's and people see me and think I'm drunk or on drugs. That is why I want to raise awareness,” he said.

“Parkinson's will never stop me doing anything. The other alternative is to lie down and crawl under a stone and I am not going to do that,” he said.

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