Brain Hospital: Saving Lives

Series 1 - Episode 2

Brain Hospital

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Two men face radical surgery: Martin has malignant brain tumours and Marc is having deep brain stimulation to control a severe tremor – for which he needs to be awake. They each have very different expectations, but both are unerringly optimistic.

Marc has a chronic tremor which has been getting worse since he was a teenager. He has had to give up his job as a heating engineer and now cannot shave himself or drink a pint of beer. Neurosurgeons are offering him life-changing surgery, which hopefully will control the tremor and enable him to return to normal life.

Meanwhile Martin, an academic who is dean at a university and is in his fifties, received a sudden diagnosis of cancer that has spread to his brain. Will his operation be a success?

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  • Jackie Porsiello

    1 month ago

    Jackie Porsiello

    Beautiful program. Thank you.

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  • Ben

    1 year ago

    Ben

    DBS should be phased out of Cluster Headache treatment by now. There are many less invasive alternatives. After seeking differential Headache diagnosis from a medical specialist, in line with IHS diagnostic criteria, most CH patients will find a solution other than DBS. ONS, TNS, SPG TMS are all less invasive forms of stimulation that should be considered an option. Consult your specialist.

  • Mrs

    1 year ago

    Mrs

    I was touched by Christopher's story, poor fella, I can find no reference to him on the net? I wonder how he is doing? He was very positive.

  • Debbie Howes

    1 year ago

    Debbie Howes

    These program's have been so interesting. I've learnt quiet a bit. These people have been so brave. I was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November had a op in December it was Benin but they couldn't get it all out. So things still going on with me.

  • Ken Taylor

    1 year ago

    Ken Taylor

    What a Truely Marvellous program I have never been so moved in watching all the episodes Rip Martin you where an inspiration to all those suffering this dreadfull disease

  • fran

    1 year ago

    fran

    i cant believe the strength & positivity everyone involved goes through. my heart goes out to everyone, espesh martin. rip mate, what an inspiration you are! x

  • Louise downie

    1 year ago

    Louise downie

    Uncle Martin featured in series 2 of this moving documentary Saving Lives. We have been so motivated by Martins journey we are jumping out of a plane to raise money for Brain Tumour UK on Saturday 30th March 2013. Please visit our web site www.doitforcharity.com/LouiseDownie Please help us to raise more money for this important charity. Lou, Gaz, and Carlos Downie

  • davina cox

    1 year ago

    davina cox

    i watched this with tears streaming my 11yr old son was diagnosed june 2011 it made me realise how proud i am of him his strength got him through 6hour op then 9 hour next day

  • Hannah Colebrooke

    1 year ago

    Hannah Colebrooke

    My heart goes out to everyone featured in this programme, such an inspiration to everyone to go out and enjoy your life! my grandad passed away on the 11th December 2012 due to catastrophic brain death, and it's really comforting to see that there are people out there who have a chance at life which sadly my grandad did not. Major respect to the hospital and all the families and people involved int his programme. RIP martin xxx

  • Samantha

    1 year ago

    Samantha

    I have just watched this on catch up and so glad I did. Marc I do hope you get the chance for more electrodes to help you that was remarkable the change in you not just the tremors but your smile and your eyes how happy. Martin rest in peace when you read those vows my eyes were filled with tears. What a legacy you leave a beautiful wife and three amazing sons. :) x

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  • sarbr

    1 year ago

    sarbr

    Amazing how one hour is all it took to be so inspired by the dignified and positive nature of Martin. I'm sure your wife and sons are unbelievably proud of the legacy that you have left behind, and the way that you have touched so many lives in such a short space of time. Thank you for sharing such an emotional event with us, I feel priveliged. Marc I hope that you manage to get the implants refitted in the future and go on to succeed in the career you are passionate about. All the best xx

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  • Audrey

    1 year ago

    Audrey

    I was very moved by tonight's episode martin was a very strong man and his lovely wife and family. Thinking of you all xx Marc you was a pleasure to watch I did meet you at Walton my husband was being treated for a bleed in his brain good luck for the future you have done really well. X

  • Fiona Mackay

    1 year ago

    Fiona Mackay

    Wonderful Captivating Documentary. In such a short time, Martin has left an impact on so many people and it is so sad that he has gone. Thank you for showing us his wedding to his beautiful wife.

  • paula

    1 year ago

    paula

    such a sad episode.. martin was a fantastic man with great character and took what ever was thrown his way with such positivity.... though I didn't know him he has made an impact on me , thinking about him today and prob will for a while... my heart goes out to his lovely wife and children ... hope they keep strong.... and hope they can see all these wonderful comments from us about such a wonderful man they had in their life.... xx

  • yvonne

    1 year ago

    yvonne

    What an amazing man Martin was. To share this difficult time with others. His family should be so proud of him

  • carol ledner

    1 year ago

    carol ledner

    Wishing Marc a Happy Future, such a Happy Guy, his partner is a fantastic women how she helps and always has a smile to... this programme is Brilliant...

  • carol ledner

    1 year ago

    carol ledner

    RIP Martin, a Remarkable Man, my thoughts are with Martins Wife and Sons !

  • Phil Barnfield

    1 year ago

    Phil Barnfield

    What an emotional episode. RIP Martin. An inspirational chap, brave and courageous. Condolences to your new wife and kids, may your legacy live on. This program is fantastic, it is amazing what can be done these days. When I was 16 (some 17 years ago), I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus (water on the brain). The great neuros at QMC Notts chose to perform a new method of draining rather than shunting (endoscopic third ventricliotomy). I do hope they cover this common problem on the series. I came out lucky. My eyes weren't damaged, I do suffer with moderate hearing loss due to inner ear damage. Just so thankful to all the doctors who have kept me going even since birth (born 2.5mths early) as I was in a bad way. Lucky to be here really. Live for the moment and never look back :-)

  • Debbie

    1 year ago

    Debbie

    My goodness what a brave, uncomplaining, wonderful man Martin was. I am thinking of you Gaynor, and the boys. Hold on to your wonderul memories and treasure them.

  • MARTIN COOKE

    1 year ago

    MARTIN COOKE

    RIP MARTIN AND MY THOUGHTS GO TO HIS WIFE AND FAMLIY I WAS IN WALTON IN NOVEMBER 2012 TO REMOVEMY GRADE 3 TUMOR BY MR BRODBELT A GREAT MAN WHO CARES FOR PEOPLE HE GOT 70% OF THE TUMOR OUT IM NOW IN CLATTERBRIDGE HAVING RADIATION TILL 20th FEB 2013 WALTON HAVE GREAT STAFF, THANKYOU ALL THE STAFF ON CATON WARD.

  • debbie birds

    1 year ago

    debbie birds

    what an amazing programme how some have to live because they poorly and how they get mended

  • Anthony Amokeodo

    1 year ago

    Anthony Amokeodo

    Emotional memories. Almost 5 years ago (15/2/2008, to be precise), An op to help reduce epilepsy seizures did not quite go according to plan. A subsequent 3 ops helped bring one back down to earth. Also, a reminder of how short life can be and to appreciate every moment one has. Awareness of others' ongoing situations certainly helps lift one up. I pray peace upon those who've had to be strong. Enlightening programmes.

  • Barbara Rowe

    1 year ago

    Barbara Rowe

    Marc was a true inspiration. I have Parkinsons I am 71 and wasdiognosed almost five years ago. My tremors are controlled (about 95% ) with tablets. I can't imagine how Marc has coped with such violent tremours for so long. Good luck I hope you are able to have the electrodes re-implanted and are able to live a tremour free life in the future. The staff at the neuro are truly wonderful people.

  • Sue Jackson

    1 year ago

    Sue Jackson

    I am not normally an emotional person regarding tv programmes but last nights brain hospital made me cry! What a lovely brave man Martin was. We should think twice when we find ourselves complaining and worrying about trivial matters

  • Sue Jackson

    1 year ago

    Sue Jackson

    I am not normally an emotional person regarding tv programmes but last nights brain hospital made me cry! What a lovely brave man Martin was. We should think twice when we find ourselves complaining and worrying about trivial matters

  • ali mullins

    1 year ago

    ali mullins

    i was so sad last night watching this.i really liked martin and his lovely wife and kids.

  • Anthony Kelly

    1 year ago

    Anthony Kelly

    Martin,What a Brave And lovely Guy.My Heart goes out to his Family,And i hope his sons follow his lead.Very inspirational,I would say he had True grit.

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  • Kreena

    1 year ago

    Kreena

    What an inspiration Marting was. I hope his sons and wife are doing well; such a strong family. Watching the show really put things into perspective. Your story has really helped me. Thank you. Marc I hope you are able to get the second surgery and it goes successfully. I wish you all the best in life.x

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  • Paula Riddiough

    1 year ago

    Paula Riddiough

    What an amazing person Martin was. So sad his life was cut short when he had so much to live for. He had a wonderful lady to support him and sons that thought the world of him. Thankyou for sharing such a private and very difficult time with us, but it does make you stop and take hold of what's important . I wish Gaynor and the boys the best in life, and hold on to those precious memories you were privileged to have with a wonderful man. Total respect to all the medical staff who do this every day.

  • Alison

    1 year ago

    Alison

    I hope Martin's sons are doing well at University and making their Dad proud. How cruel life can be to good people. An inspirational story. Martin was everything you would hope to be in the face of such terrible news - optimistic and strong for his family. And in contrast what an amazing result for Marc. The surgeons are incredible. Heartbreaking and very moving.

  • Victoria Raffoul

    1 year ago

    Victoria Raffoul

    My heart goes out to Martins wife Gaynor and family. Such a positive and inspirational man.

  • Shell Edmond

    1 year ago

    Shell Edmond

    Inspirational!! Martin may you Rest In Peace, My thoughts are with your family. Marc - Good Luck and i hope you succeed with getting the electrodes re-implanted & have a tremor free life x

  • karlyn Ronnie

    1 year ago

    karlyn Ronnie

    What a great program.Inspirational but so sad to see that Martin had died.You just wish for a happy outcome.I just cried at the end.He was clearly a brave and inspirational man with an amazing wife and sons.Bless you all.x

  • Anthony Wilkinson

    1 year ago

    Anthony Wilkinson

    I felt sad for Martin, he never gave up wotsoever, just so sad how brain tumours can take your life away from u

  • Vikki

    1 year ago

    Vikki

    Martin had such an upbeat positive attitude, such a horrible thing to happen to such a lovely man. His family should be so proud of him RIP Martin.

  • Cath miller

    1 year ago

    Cath miller

    Life can be so rubbish but what a strong, brave & wonderful man Martin was. His wife & sons should be so proud. When I lost my dad to brain cancer aged 59I just kept to the mantra - better to have a little bit of wonderful than nothing at all. RIP Martin lovely lovely man x

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  • Julie

    1 year ago

    Julie

    RIP Martin. Such a heartbreaking true life story, what a beautiful family - life can be so cruel. Watching this really does make you really realise how precious life is and what is really important. Martin, wow what an inspiration and such a role model in terms of positive thinking right to the very end. Rest in peace Martin - love to the family you've left behind x

  • Rachel

    1 year ago

    Rachel

    Martin was such a dignified and gentle man with such a positive outlook on life. His wife must feel very proud to have been married to him, although for such a short time. I only saw him for an hour on the show but he has touched me and memories of him will inspire and stay with me for a very long time. So sad that 'he' only takes the good ones....

  • Danielle

    1 year ago

    Danielle

    What a truly inspirational and positive person Martin was. Gaynor and family my heart goes out to you. RIP Martin.

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  • Siobhan

    1 year ago

    Siobhan

    Martin in tonight's episode is truly an inspiration, his positivity, fight and drive is remarkable. I'm sure his lovely family are so proud of him. The work those doctors and nurses do is unbelievable, I take my hat off to them all.

  • Becky Armitt

    1 year ago

    Becky Armitt

    If there is anything that makes you realise that life is so precious and you should live it too the full and count your blessings then its this programme. Absolutely heartbreaking too see the outcome for martin and every ounce of hope for marc

  • Angie

    1 year ago

    Angie

    So, so sad. My heart goes out to Martin's family. May you rest in peace xx

  • Katie dignam

    1 year ago

    Katie dignam

    Poor Martin rip seemed such a strong lovely man broke my heart watching him and his family tonite such a cruel world

  • Dan

    1 year ago

    Dan

    Rest in peace Martin

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  • Janet Hird

    1 year ago

    Janet Hird

    Because cluster headaches is so rare it would be good to get a mention on this rare condion. People dont understand what its like and living with this life long painful beast inside your head each day.

  • mrs veronica needham

    1 year ago

    mrs veronica needham

    I hope they cover cluster headaches..ive been a sufferer for over 20 years and ive tried everything,but nothing works!

  • craig sammon

    1 year ago

    craig sammon

    I hope in this series it will mention cluster headaches as I was diagnosed with them at the walton centre. they do a fantastic job and we all need to learn more about our bodies and how cluster headaches ruin lives

  • MR GARY JAMIESON

    1 year ago

    MR GARY JAMIESON

    fantastic all you guys are a inspiration i have parkinsons i am only 31 years old this may be something i have to undertake seeing how you guys are so strong thoughout your operations really made mme feel there is hope in the future xx

  • Mrs Alison Wilson

    1 year ago

    Mrs Alison Wilson

    Marvellous true stories.I have epilepsy, but not as severe as some. I'm tonic clonic,but it's unclassified! I have a friend whose son could do with the same. His epilepsy was caused by an accident playing rugby, in his teens. I'll share information out on my profile. His siblings will see these true stories for themselves!

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