Shield for the brain, peace for the mind

For three months, the St Agnes mother-of-two faced putting on a cumbersome athletics helmet to defend her brain when she went out in community.

In its place, she was capable to have on a “fashion beanie”.

Mrs McAlpine was the initial patient to trial the new SkullPro, a device produced by Australian producer Anatomics and now released globally.

Neurosurgeon Dr Adam Wells had carried out Mrs McAlpine’s first decompressive hemicraniectomy and, later, the reconstructive cranioplasty to replace the skull. He had been functioning with Anatomics on the device – a slender, contoured alternative to a helmet, matched to the specific patient to give an aesthetic go over for skull deformities.

SkullPro has a slender, tricky nylon shell, which sits inside a hypo-allergenic material pocket held in put with a beanie, to go over the patient’s skull defect.

For Mrs McAlpine, 36, it was a welcome option in a tough time … Read More