​​​​Image of Adrianna Boot with horse
"I got my life back." Adrianna Boot underwent deep brain stimulation to treat her anorexia nervosa more than three years ago. Today, she is enjoying a much happier life and doing things she enjoys like spending time on her family's farm. (Photo: CTV’s W5)​

In October 2013, after suffering from chronic anorexia for most of her life, Jenn Acton had Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery with the hope that it might help treat her illness.

An established treatment for Parkinson's disease and drug resistant depression, DBS and its ability to lessen some symptoms associated with the eating disorder is being investigated by Dr. Andres Lozano, neurosurgeon, Krembil Neuroscience Centre and Dr. Blake Woodside, medical director of Canada's largest eating disorders program at Toronto General Hospital.

CTV's investigative journalism program W5 documented Jenn's experience and that of Adrianna Boot, who both took part in this research – the first of its kind in the world. Watch now

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