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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Girl undergoes brain surgery

So many things can happen to kids as they grow up. They fall out of trees. They get chicken pox and blisters and hit in the head with balls. They fall off bikes. Parents know and expect this and fix things with bandages and hugs and kisses. Sometimes a Band-Aid will not do. Sometimes, a healthy 12-year-old girl wakes up one day and has a seizure. Then she has another one. And within a month she has as many as 20 seizures a day. Nothing can stop them – no drugs, no other treatment – and at one point exasperated physicians and specialists recommend inducing a coma to give the girl a break.

Girl undergoes brain surgery

So many things can happen to kids as they grow up. They fall out of trees. They get chicken pox and blisters and hit in the head with balls. They fall off bikes. Parents know and expect this and fix things with bandages and hugs and kisses. Sometimes a Band-Aid will not do. Sometimes, a healthy 12-year-old girl wakes up one day and has a seizure. Then she has another one. And within a month she has as many as 20 seizures a day – nothing can stop them, no drugs, no other treatment, and at one point exasperated physicians and specialists recommend inducing a coma to give the girl a break.