Natalie’s Surgery – Pediatric Peri-Insular Hemispherotomy

On July 26, 2011 Natalie went to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City to have a Pediatric Peri-Insular Hemispherotomy performed to control her seizures.   We started the conversation in 2010, and began tests in September 2010 to determine whether Natalie would benefit from this procedure.  After completing interviews with her pediatric neurologist, her neuro-surgeon, conducting EEG, MRI, MEG tests, vision field testing and a neuro-psychological exam a final recommendation was made to proceed with the surgery.   There is a 70% chance that Natalie’s seizures will stop, and a 90% chance to significantly reduce seizures with this operation.  This is the story of her journey.