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Girl with half a brain

PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:43 pm
by Xanth
http://www.today.com/id/36032653/ns/tod ... Ym6UaLvuIs

So apparently this girl had half her brain removed because of seizures.

Makes you wonder just what we need these piles of meat in our heads for exactly. LoL


Re: Girl with half a brain

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 12:23 am
by ChopstickFox
Amazing...

Re: Girl with half a brain

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 7:51 am
by CFTraveler
This should pretty much answer the question.
http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/m ... round.html

Re: Girl with half a brain

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:37 am
by Szaxx
It sounds like an old cure for alien hand syndrome too.
Crazy meat...

Re: Girl with half a brain

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 12:45 pm
by Sinera
Here's some research on more or less "brainless" people:

http://www.psych.ufl.edu/~steh/PSB6087/ ... essary.pdf

Brainless Boy

One related case that has received more exposure than most is that of Andrew Vandal, who was born on 12 July 1984. In the early stages of his development in the womb a cyst appeared on the stem of his brain. Known as an atelencephic aprosencephaly, this destructive event left the boy with a cranium containing nothing but fluid. In some cases, it can even leave victims with no detectible brain at all - a condition known as anencephaly or "brainlessness." Cases like Andrew's are again usually terminated before birth, but in this instance the subject was born and then put up for adoption. He was adopted by a p├Ždiatric nurse, Kaye Vandal, from Wallingford, Connecticut, US, who, when last asked about Andrew's welfare, stated that she remained devoted to "giving him the best quality life for however long he lives." At the same time, Kaye stated that, against doctors' predictions, Andrew was able to laugh, giggle and smile and, has a "glowing, outgoing, bubbly personality." Kaye also stated that her young charge was able to respond to stimulus and was maturing mentally; both of which doctors believed to be impossible, considering his complete absence of brain matter.

Andrew was, however, unable to speak, and was cortically blind; that is, he could see images, but was unable to interpret them. Andrew was also incapable of walking, but did manage to drag himself along on his back. Cases such as Andrew's provide real-life testimony to our astonishing adaptability as biological organisms.

http://flatrock.org.nz/topics/science/i ... essary.htm

Re: Girl with half a brain

PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 7:32 pm
by Fresco
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