Doctors Split Teen's Brain in Two to Stop Rare Illness

Doctors have split the brain of a teenage girl in two to stop a rare brain-eating disease from spreading, the Daily Mail reports.

Janine Leach, 15, from Sunderland, U.K., has a disorder known as Rasmussen s Encephalitis, which could trigger upwards of 100 seizures a day as surges of electricity in her brain made her nervous system misfire.

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Leach was diagnosed with the condition at age 11. She decided to undergo a risky surgical procedure in order to stop the seizures.

The surgery involved cutting away the diseased half of her brain, but leaving it inside her skull to prevent an increased risk of blood clots.

The procedure stopped the seizures, but left Leach paralyzed on the left side of her body. Doctors believe that with physical therapy she'll be able to walk again.