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Mar 21, 2015 · Stopping the Seizures

This story is so near and dear to me. On Nov. 10, 2015 it will my 40th anniversary of having brain surgery at the Mayo Clinic to relieve my epilepsy. It was 1975 and I was 9 years old and the first child to ever have this type of surgery. No pediatric neurosurgeon had done this type of surgery yet so I had a regular neurosurgeon, Dr. Edward Laws, who had never performed this surgery on a child along with the Head of Neurology, Dr. Gomez advising. It was a complete success!!!!!! I had 3 check ups the 1st year then yearly for the next 4. On my 5 year checkup Dr. Laws told us that because of my surgery they were able to do surgery on younger and younger patients and the youngest to date was a 3 month old! I am eternally grateful to the Mayo Clinic and the doctors & nurses who gave world class care.

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