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  • Gamma-ray treatment is a type of radiation therapy used to treat tumours, vascular malformations and other abnormalities in the brain.
  • Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses specialized equipment to focus about 200 tiny beams of radiation on a tumor or other target with submillimeter accuracy. Although each beam has very little effect on the brain tissue it passes through, a strong dose of radiation is delivered to the place where all the beams meet.
  • Meet Gabe Garcia.  Gabe was just an ordinary 12 year old, or so he thought..
  • For some time, Gabe had been experiencing bad migraines, so his mum took him to a nearby radiosurgery to receive gamma treatment to try and stop these migraines. 
  • Gabe got ready for his gamma treatment, the doctor explained what would be happening while he was in the machine. 
  • But a little while into his treatment, the machine started to make some weird noises. Gabe tried to look around and could see sparks flying. He heard an emergency alarm go off and then what sounded like people trying to break open the door of the machine.  
  • Suddenly, lights flashed everywhere and Gabe felt like millions of laser beams were shooting into his brain. Then there was a huge bang and everything went white. 
  • Gabe woke up many hours later in a hospital bed not remembering what had happened but feeling really weird, like his hands were on fire. A nurse explained to Gabe what had happened.  
  • Your gamma treatment machine malfunctioned, it is amazing that you are still alive, your body recieved up to 2 million gamma rays.
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