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Waking up with Alien Hand Syndrome

Karen Byrne woke up after an operation to control her epilepsy to find she had no control of her left hand – a rare condition known as Alien Hand Syndrome.

Her surgeon had cut her corpus callosum, a band of nervous fibres which keeps the two halves of the brain in constant contact. She told Dr Michael Mosley she was very frightened at the time, but now her hand has been controlled by medication.

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