Natalie's story


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Natalie Kellalea, suffered from debilitating epilepsy, in December 2016 she underwent a world-first procedure to have a pump implanted in her abdomen that delivers medication directly into her brain. Now 10 months on, Natalie would like to share her story…

Hi I’m Natalie, I’m 27 years old and I have epilepsy, the most severe case my neurologist had ever seen. I was having up to 8 seizures a day, which left me a prisoner in my own home.

I was part of a world-first clinic trial at St Vincent's Hospital, where they implanted a pump that sends medication directly from my stomach to my brain. After my operation, I’ve gone from having eight seizures a day to one a week.

There are now six people on the trial and St Vincent's are looking to expand this even further, so more people have the opportunity to access this life changing treatment.

If you would like to continue to support this revolutionary work, you can give someone living with epilepsy their independence and life back by donating today.

On behalf of all the patients of the Neurosciences Department, I would like to thank you for your generosity from the bottom of my heart.



Watch Natalie’s full story here.

 I want to help other people have access to this revolutionary treatment. You can also make a donation over the phone by calling the Foundation on 03 9231 3365





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