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Doctor's far-reaching legacy

| Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Thank you for recognizing the neurosurgeon (“AGH neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Jannetta dies at age 84 ”) who gave hope and life back to many of us who have suffered the devastating effects of Trigeminal Neuralgia. It is often called the “suicide disease” as sufferers resort to extremes as the only way out of the facial pain and shocks that accompany it.

Imagine being hit by a taser, in your face, endlessly every few seconds for hours and sometimes days without end. Most readers have never heard of this condition, which robs a person of the ability to function and for which there was little and often no hope for relief until Dr. Jannetta developed the microvascular decompression procedure. Neurosurgeons such as Dr. Paul Gardner, who performed my surgery at UPMC, are now able to give us another chance at life without pain. Thank you Dr. Jannetta, and may you rest in peace with our gratitude and love.

Charlotte Kemerer


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