California boy, Justin Cho, was always giggling. No one thought anything of the cheerful child’s demeanor. His father, Robert Cho, noticed that his son would having a laughing fit in the afternoon, and often again in the middle of the night.
However, last year, Robert and his wife watched Justin have a full-blown seizure one morning.
“I’ve never seen a seizure before,” Robert said. “All our kids have always been healthy. This was the first time I’ve seen it. It was dreadful.”
Doctors ran tests on Justin for months where they discovered he had a condition known as hypothalamic hamartoma. It was a benign mass in his brain. His parents were shocked that he had the condition his entire life.
“This is something he’s had ever since he was an infant,” his dad Robert Cho said. “We always thought that was just a sign of his body telling him he’s tired.”
Justin was treated by UCLA pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Aria Fallah. If the mass had not been discovered it could have listened to learning disabilities, premature puberty, and possibly death.
Dr. Fallah and his team used lasers to treat and remove the mass. The procedure was minimally invasive and life saving.
“Essentially, we cook the mass from the inside out. Once it’s destroyed, the epilepsy is gone,” Fallah said.
Justin was able to go to home from the hospital the next day. He is completely cured of seizures. Robert is amazed and grateful to the doctors.
“He never even missed a single soccer practice,” Robert said. “It’s amazing. It’s definitely a miracle.”
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