Cian's up running again after brain op
Published 21/10/2011 | 05:00
A young boy with cerebral palsy who underwent marathon surgery to 'disconnect' large portions of his brain is making a remarkable recovery.
Cian O'Brien (7) this week marked the second anniversary of his 10-hour brain surgery, and he is now walking, kicking football and able to play with his friends.
Before the operation, Cian suffered up to 400 debilitating epileptic seizures each day.
The seizures were so violent that the little boy had to wear a bicycle crash helmet just to protect his head.
Now Cian is attending the COPE Foundation in Cork and is virtually seizure-free.
"It is absolutely unbelievable," his mother Kate said.
"The recovery is better than we had dared dream for. It is absolutely fantastic. He is our miracle," she said.
Kate from Upton, Co Cork, had gone public with the Irish Independent and TV3 on the plight of her son in a desperate bid to secure the life-altering surgery.