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Colorado Teen Djimon Hill Shows Progress from Deep Brain Stimulation

Children's Hospital Colorado | September 14, 2016

In the summer of 2015, Djimon Hill was considering his next steps. The Colorado high-school student has cerebral palsy, and the resulting movement disorder from that disease, known as dystonia, was debilitating. 

Ultimately, Hill and his family decided he would undergo a serious and admittedly invasive procedure known as deep brain stimulation.  

One year later, the Denver Post followed up with Hill and his family, to see how he's doing and to attempt to answer the question, Was it worth it?

"It's a lot of little things"

It's not an easy answer, it turns out, because for one thing, the process is not swift. That said, looking back one year later Djimon's mother Venus Espinoza tells the Post that she's “really glad he chose to have it done. Before, I don’t think I felt like we would do it again. I’ve changed my mind on that. It’s a lot of little things that add up.”

“He’s been encouraged by the positive changes he’s seen,” says his his neurologist, Dr. Abbie Collins. 

Read the full update on Djimon Hill on the Denver Post

Photo by RJ Sangosti, courtesy of the Denver Post