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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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Permanent Makeup
Permanent makeup entails implanting pigment in the dermal layer of the skin, like a tattoo. Though indelible, the makeup requires touch-ups every couple of years to keep the colors fresh and vibrant.

Certified permanent makeup specialist Debbie Miller emphasizes that the procedure should be performed by an expert "They need to be an artist, as well as technically trained," she says.

"It is a great option," Debbie adds. "I can't think of very many women that in one way or another, would not benefit from some form of permanent makeup."

Trish, 35, a busy mom and pilot, opts to undergo a permanent makeup procedure, with remarkable results.

Risks for the procedure include infection and scarring. "The fairer the skin, usually, the more impervious to bad scarring; the darker the skin tones, then you look at things like raised keloid [scarring] and hyper-pigmentation," Debbie cautions.

Debbie demonstrates how permanent makeup is applied.

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OAD 12/14/09