Latest Hemispherectomy Stories

2011-09-09 10:00:00

Imagine having a child with seizures so severe that the only known treatment is a cerebral hemispherectomy â“ removal of half the brain. For those living with Rasmussen's Encephalitis, this severe surgery is one of the few known treatments. Enter the Rasmussen Encephalitis (RE) Children's Project, a foundation that supports scientific research to find a cure for this devastating neurological disease, which has recently donated $111,000 to researchers in the departments of...

2010-05-18 14:19:52

By the age of 5, Rachel, who lives on a farm near a small town in Iowa, had been struggling with seizures brought on by intractable epilepsy for nearly three years. During these episodes, her body would jerk and shake and then go limp. Her lips would turn blue, her breathing would become shallow and her eyes would move rapidly back and forth. Afterward, she couldn't walk, was temporarily disoriented and confused, and suffered short-term memory loss. As Rachel's seizures became worse and she...

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