Doctors Remove Part of Cheerleader's Brain to Stop Seizures

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Mamalek also noted that patients with other brain disease such as tumors or infections can also develop intractable seizures. For those patients, surgery can also be extremely effective and is often a first-line therapy.

Henry did not suffer any vision or memory loss as a result of the surgery, but she has had to make some compromises.

Many people who have right-sided brain surgery have compromised immune systems, so Henry gets sick easily and quicker than most people. Because of this, she has lived at home, away from the dorms, during her time in undergraduate college. She also must steer clear of high-impact exercises. The slightest bump can cause concussions, so she sticks to low impact workouts like yoga.

Henry has now been seizure free for two years and four months. She is a senior at University of Northern Colorado, and plans on getting her master's degree and Ph.D. in psychology.

"I guess that part of my brain was holding me back," said Henry. "I'm excited to have a fresh start."

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