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Philadelphia Republican Rep. Tom Murt and Democratic Rep. Stephen Kinsey have introduced legislation, House Bill 1809, prohibiting the use of electroconvulsive therapy on children across the Commonwealth. ECT, known as electroshock therapy, is used to treat a number of mental illnesses. It sends up to 450 volts of electricity through an individual’s brain, inducing a grand mal seizure. The Food and Drug Administration reports that these seizures can cause complications including heart attacks, difficulties breathing, confusion, permanent memory loss, brain damage and death. The nationwide statistics for ECT claim an estimated 100,000 Americans are electrocshocked each year. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, it was reported that in 2014, 13 children from birth to five years of age were given electroshock treatment. Additionally, three adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 were electroshocked that year. Murt said: “Children must not be subjected to this barbaric procedure.”