Dystonia and DBS article from Palm Beach Post

This is an older article from the Palm Beach Post in 2007 about one of our patients.

One mother’s walking miracle – By Rachel Sauer – Sunday, May 13, 2007


“Please,” Viviana remembers pleading. “Please. We can’t do this anymore.”

Sharma called Dr. Michael Okun, a neurologist at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation and valedictorian of the Palm Beach Lakes High School class of 1989.

He agreed to see Chris.

“In most cases, the dystonia presents as the turning of a foot, say, and progresses very slowly over many years,” Okun explains. “But for unexplainable reasons, we have patients like Christopher who progress very fast.”