Thursday, August 15, 2002

Boy home after rare brain surgery




By Tim Bonfield, tbonfield@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Ten-month-old Memphis Hart was released from the hospital Tuesdayand is doing “extremely well” after the first stage of a rare, two-step surgery to remove the right half of his brain.

        “His eyes focus. He moves. He kicks. He's doing everything,” said his grandmother, Rebecca Hawkins. “He's doing extremely well.”

        On Aug. 8, neurosurgeon Dr. Kerry Crone removed most of the enlarged and malformed right side of Memphis' brain.

        Memphis was expected to stay as long as 10 days at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, but was recovering fast enough to go home to Peebles, Ohio, after five days.

        The surgical procedure, a subtotal hemispherectomy, was performed because Memphis was born with an extremely rare condition called hemimegalencephaly, which means half his brain was much larger than the other. The malformed portion was causing near-constant seizures that threatened Memphis' life.

        He is expected to go through the second part of the surgery in about two months. But if his recovery continues at such a successful pace, he might not need it, Mrs. Hawkins said.

       



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