Doctors Remove Half of Baby's Brain to Cure Him of Seizures
Doctors recently removed almost an entire side of a 10-month-old Akron, Ohio, babys brain in an effort to stop his frequent seizures, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
Surgeons performed a hemispherectomy on Jaxon Fuller in the hopes that he could be cured, said Dr. William Bingaman, vice chairman of the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, who performed the procedure.
Medications were not helping Jaxon and as a result, he was suffering as many as 15 seizures a day.
Meanwhile, Jaxons parents noticed the right side of his body was significantly weaker than the left. Tests revealed the left side of Jaxons brain was not developing normally.
"The bottom line is you have to tell the parents, Gosh, we dont know why this happened," Bingaman said. "This is a hyperactive brain and it sits there and misfires. Thats why the epilepsy is associated with it."
Jaxons mother, Nicole Fuller, said she "freaked out" a little when she found out the left side of her sons brain would be removed. However, Bingaman assured her that the right side of Jaxons brain would compensate for the loss......