Katie and her mom

Katie and her mom

Meet the toddler with half a brain.
Katie Verdecchia was born a healthy baby girl.
But when she was just a month old she began to have seizures.
And she soon had about 50 attacks a day.
Doctors diagnosed her with a rare condition called Aicardi
It means the right and left sides of the brain don’t connect.
Her parents, Maryalicia and Brian were told she might not live to be eight-years-old.
But medics said there was a risky solution – performing a hemispherectomy, or removing half of the brain.
“You do what you have to do for your child – it’s hard making that decision to have surgery. But for us, there really wasn’t any choice,” Maryalicia told Today show host Ann Curry.
Katie, two, underwent eight hours of surgery last November at Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.
Since then she has had no more seizures.
Doctors don’t know if Katie will be able to talk because the left brain usually controls language function.
“We try not to put expectations on her,” Maryalicia Verdecchia said. “We try to just enjoy her.”

Pictured: Katie Verdecchia with a rare condition called Aicardi

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Lisa Arneill

SAHM of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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