Presenter Rob Verlinden has made great strides thanks to the brain surgery he underwent at the end of 2019. The consequences that Parkinson's disease entails have been greatly reduced, he says in an interview with De Telegraaf on Friday .

Verlinden returned to the hospital earlier this week for a check-up. "My treating neurologist was amazed when he saw me again," said the presenter, who underwent DBS surgery. In addition, he was placed electrodes in his brain, combined with a pacemaker.

"The results are unbelievably good over seven months later," says the presenter. "The implanted electrodes do their job well. I no longer vibrate, can speak decently and no longer walk as curved as a Quasimodo."

'Shame on me when I look back at images'

Verlinden was told in 2018 that he had to stop De Grote Tuinverbouwing because of his illness . "Afterwards, that decision was the right one," says the plant expert. "After all, it was no longer visible. If I look back at TV episodes now, I'm ashamed of death."

"I was no longer that flamboyant, energetic, cheerful presenter of yesteryear. The energy had run out and I had become a wreck. It made sense that they took me off the screen."

Verlinden now says that he can function as a normal person again. "I also want to keep training my brain, because in addition to motor complaints, the disease can also lead to forgetfulness and concentration problems. That is why I still immerse myself in the flora, I continue to present video clips via Facebook and I talk about my disease. Because there is still some rest always a taboo. "