By Emily Berry
Reese Fisher, a 4-year-old Fort Oglethorpe boy, underwent major brain surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., this afternoon and will recover under close watch for the next few days, his surgeon said.
Dr. George Jallo, a pediatric surgeon at the hospital, said the procedure took about five and a half hours. Dr. Jallo surgically removed parts of the right side of Reese’s brain and cut some of the connections between the brain’s two hemispheres.
“He did great,” Dr. Jallo said. “He was stable the whole time.”
Reese’s doctors and his parents hope the surgery will eliminate the seizures that threaten his future. Reese has a rare genetic anomaly that has had a wide range of effects on his body. The deletion of one part of one chromosome resulted in a heart defect, a compromised immune system, and a brain malformation that triggered seizures.
The surgery he had Thursday could keep the irregular electrical activity on the abnormal side of his brain from spreading to the other side, stopping seizures in their tracks, doctors said.
Reese will spend a few days in intensive care and then begin rehabilitation. He and his parents could be in Baltimore for as long as a month.
“Now the real work is going to begin,” Reese’s mother, Meredith Fisher, said after the surgery.
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