Brain Doctors is a documentary filmed over nine months following the work of doctors in the neurosurgery department of Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital as they carry out high-risk operations on the most complex, delicate and important organ.
The first episode features a midwife who is in a coma after suffering massive head injuries in a car crash, and a man struck down by a mysterious virus that has rendered him unconscious and unable to breathe by himself. Also, paediatric neurosurgeon Jay Jayamohan is called in to operate on a 14-year-old boy who has a dangerous build-up of fluid on his brain.
In the second episode, a couple must decide whether to let surgeons perform a high-risk procedure on their two-year-old son, who has a brain tumour that will kill him within months if left untreated, and a woman faces a dilemma about her pregnancy after a scan shows her unborn baby has a possible tumour. Nineteen-year-old Jack was born with a serious genetic abnormality, which has resulted in him having 27 operations over the years, and he is back in hospital again as surgeon Jay Jayamohan and his colleagues battle to control a leak of cerebral fluid.
In the last show of the series, Adele is told that her three-year-old daughter Cerys has a brain tumour and that she needs an immediate operation. Senior paediatric neurosurgeon Jay Jayamohan spends hours removing as much of the growth as he can and then has to inform the anxious mother whether or not it is malignant.