Medical Minute 02-29

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Falling to the ground at any given moment without having control over their bodies. It's what children with atonic seizures live with everyday. For some, removing part of a major organ, seems to be the key to ending the dangerous cycle. Andrew McIntosh has the story.

This is Cole at 10 months old. This is Cole a year and a half later. Still suffering from atonic seizures, wearing a helmet to protect himself from the condition that causes him to fall without warning.

Eight year old Aliyah Walker had the seizures too. As many as six frightening episodes a day. They were caused by an inflammatory disease, deteriorating the left side of her brain and its function.

When no medicine helped Aliyah, there was only one option during her hemispherotomy. Doctors removed the part of the brain triggering the seizures and cut off the entire left brain after surgery, not a single complication.

While she has months of therapy ahead to strengthen and improve coordination on her right side she's seizure-free. After a similar surgery, Cole's seizures are gone too and so is his helmet.

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