PCH doctors treat girl's seizures with radical brain surgery
Dr. David Adelson, right, performs brain surgery on tiny Hayden Poeling to help stop her seizures. (Source: Phoenix Children's Hospital)
Hayden hasn't had a seizure since the surgery, her mother said. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A baby girl is recovering after doctors disconnected half her brain to stop the hundreds of seizures she was having every day.
"It was a really scary realization," Hayden Poeling's mother, Kimberly, said. "I don't understand how my kid's gonna function with only half of a brain."
Just days after Hayden was born, her mother knew something wasn't right with her newborn.
She was having constant spasms.
Doctors at Phoenix Children's Hospital discovered the left side of her brain was too big and keeping the right side from functioning properly.
So, they disconnected the left side of her brain completely.
"We're hoping because we did this at a young age that a lot of the normal hemisphere will take over that function and really start to move her forward," Dr. David Adelson, chief of neurosurgery at PCH, said.
Poeling said her daughter hasn't had a seizure since the surgery and she seems to be thriving.
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