Hemispherectomy Surgery for Seizures
Seizures are uncontrolled electrical impulses released in the brain, often with deleterious effects, such as convulsions and thought disturbances.
A hemispherectomy is a groundbreaking but risky surgery that removes part of the brain in order to stop seizures.
Anes, a 15-month-old boy from Bosnia who experiences more than 100 seizures per day, and his parents turn to the Hemispherectomy Foundation for help.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol, from Clarian Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, performs a hemispherectomy surgery on Anes to disconnect the right hemisphere, which is responsible for his seizures, from the left hemisphere.
"The right hemisphere was malformed and growing larger than normal," Dr. Cohen-Gadol explains.
The surgeon demonstrates how a hemispherectomy can correct a seizure disorder and is happy to report that Anes is doing well and his prognosis is excellent.
The boy's delighted mother, Aldina, walks onstage, holding Anes. "It's a miracle," she exclaims. "Anes is a normal baby!"
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