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Maddie and her parents, Deanna and Chris, thought she may never be able to drive, bike or even cross the street by herself because of her seizures. But then she had epilepsy surgery in 2015.
Lianna has so many seizures that she can never be alone, even in her own backyard. Her parents, Cordelia and Randy, and brother, Noah, hope that her upcoming surgery will help reduce or eliminate her seizures so she can experience the freedom of being a teenager.
Epileptic seizures come in many forms – from silent spells of confusion to full convulsions. Medicine and dietary changes can treat these symptoms for some patients; for others, brain surgery is the best option.
Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that can be managed through a variety of methods ranging from medication to surgery.Learn more
The SEEG method is a faster and more precise way for our epilepsy team to map a patient's seizures.Learn about SEEG
"We hope that this surgery is going to change her life."
It can be exciting but scary to learn that your child is a candidate for epilepsy surgery. For Lianna and her family, the hope for a seizure-free future is worth conquering their nerves.
Maddie thought her seizures would limit her for the rest of her life,
but now she is seizure-free and enjoying new-found independence.
"Maddie has been seizure-free since the surgery; she is so much happier now."
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