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In The News
A Louisa County clan finds farm life therapeutic for a life-altering diagnosis
In October 2008, the Vargos made the most difficult decision of their lives, one they prayed would offer hope for their daughter. Thirteen-month-old Astrid underwent a hemispherectomy to remove the damaged half of her brain.

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Hemispherectomy patients gather for fun and support
Mathern, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, is visiting the park on happy business. He's reuniting with several of his former patients amid a rare gathering of individuals — mostly youth — who share something in common: They're each living with half a brain.

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Hemi Foundation spreads its wings and flies
A mere six months after Jessie Hall's surgery, which removed the right half of her brain, her parents and other founders of the Hemispherectomy Foundation have spread their wings and flown, getting the foundation off the ground.

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Carson named Honorary Chair of Hemispherectomy Foundation
The Hemispherectomy Foundation Medical Advisory Board announced Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr. as its Honorary Chair on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. The news came after a visit from Cris and Kristi Hall in Baltimore, Md. this week.

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Toddler will attend school after having brain surgery
After suffering from excessive seizures, 3-year-old Jailynn Lefevers had surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital to remove the right half of her brain on Feb 5. The toddler is back to her old self, walking, learning new words and participating in educational videos, according to her mother, Holly Lefevers.

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Surgery cures Zionsville boy's seizures
Today, Cole, who previously tested at the development age of a three month old, is a healthy boy who is seizure free and who recently celebrated his second birthday, which his parents held as a fundraiser for the National Hemispherectomy Foundation, as a way to help other families in similar circumstances

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After surgery, she overcame the odds, and hasn’t stopped since
Despite facing major surgery at the age of 7 that required the removal of the right side of her brain, Christina Santhouse of Bristol has persevered and is well on her way toward earning a master’s degree at Misericordia University. She recently told her story of overcoming life’s obstacles to the Hemispherectomy Foundation through the Jessie Hall Hemispherectomy Scholarship essay contest and earned a $1,000 scholarship toward her master’s degree tuition.

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Stopping Seizures
Epilepsy can be a devastating disease, but nowhere more so than in young children. In UCLA Magazine's first "Good Medicine," a new feature focusing on Bruin health-care heroes, they profile the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Program and its director, Dr. Gary Mathern, who is pushing the boundaries of surgery and saving lives - literally and figuratively - of dozens of kids every year. (By Lyndon Stambler | Photos by Mark Berndt)

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