AFL legend Mark Mickan is given a ground-breaking surgery to keep his ...

Former AFL star Mark Mickan is given a ground-breaking brain implant to keep his Parkinson's disease at bay - and it can be controlled with an iPhone Former SA footy legend Mark Mickan has undergone a successful brain surgery The revolutionary surgery is called deep brain stimulation implant It has drastically improved his tremors and is expected to reduce further An appeal has been made to help the Mickan family for further assistance 

By Sahil Makkar For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:00 BST, 21 April 2019 | Updated: 03:00 BST, 21 April 2019

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A former AFL star and coach whose life has been devastated by Parkinson's has undergone radical surgery in a bid to keep his debilitating disease at bay. 

South Australian footy legend Mark Mickan, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2016, has undergone a revolutionary deep brain stimulation implant surgery.  

Neurosurgeons targeted the dysfunctional area inside Mickan's brain and implanted an electrode. The device can be controlled through a bluetooth-enabled iPhone.

The brain surgery has drastically improved his tremors and is expected to improve his quality of life as he raises his two young children with wife Callie.

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Mickan was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2016. He has undergone a successful deep brain stimulation implant surgery, which many are calling revolutionary

Mickan was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2016. He has undergone a successful deep brain stimulation implant surgery, which many are calling revolutionary

Dr Girish Nair, a neurosurgeon who treated Mickan when he played for the Adelaide Crows, told Ten the disease had started to affect his daily activities such as feeding and coaching.

'He was pretty disabled when he first came to see us. 

'The thought of staying awake and having someone drill holes into your skull would sort of take away a significant number of patients

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