The special surgery operation was performed by doctors at Loma Linda University Health in California by switching off half of the brain of an ailing girl in order to save her life who was suffering from Rasmussen’s encephalitis .
- Rasmussen’s encephalitis is a very rare, chronic inflammatory neurological disease that usually affects only one hemisphere (half) of the brain.
- It most often occurs in children under the age of 10 but can also affect adolescents and adults.
- Frequent and severe seizures
- Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
- Mental deterioration
- Progressive loss of neurological functions including motor skills, speech, and eventual paralysis on one side of the body (hemiparesis)