A 6-year-old Texas girl is recovering after she had surgery Wednesday to remove the right side of her brain, WFAA-TV reported.
Jessie Hall, who lives in Aledo, Texas, has Rasmussen’s encephalitis, a rare illness that eats away at the brain and causes seizures and reduced mobility. In Jessie's case, she lost the use of her left arm.
Doctors hope that removing the diseased part of Jessie’s brain will stop the uncontrollable seizures.
The surgery took place at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, and Jessie’s father, Cris, said the operation went smoothly.
She could still lose vision in the left side of her eyes, but she is breathing on her own.
The healthy side of Jessie’s brain most likely will take over the tasks of the missing side of the brain, Dr. Ben Carson told WJZ.com last month.
Carson performed the surgery.
Some paralysis and other side effects are expected, but it is the girl's only hope for survival, WJZ.com reported.
Johns Hopkins does about 12 of these surgeries each year.