Saturday 21 September 2019

'Miracle boy' Cian astounds surgeons after brain operation

Ralph Riegel

A FOUR-year-old is being called a "miracle boy" after making an amazing recovery from a 10-hour operation on his brain.

Cian O'Brien (4), who has cerebral palsy, has responded well to surgery to disconnect large portions of his brain.

The infant, who suffered up to 400 seizures a day, underwent the marathon surgery last week and his recovery since then has astonished both his family and surgeons.

He hasn't suffered a single seizure since the brain operation -- and his mother said his recovery is "better than we had dared dreamed for".

The youngster was transferred from Dublin's Beaumont Hospital, where the surgery was carried out on October 22, to Cork University Hospital (CUH), and, if his rapid recovery continues, he could be home as early as next week.

Kate O'Brien from Upton, Co Cork, went public on her son's plight earlier this month in a bid to secure the potentially life-altering operation. Her son's astonishing recovery is now proving to be a wonderful early Christmas present.

"We cannot believe it -- it is unnatural how good he is. It is a total miracle," she said.

Cian has cerebral palsy and was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy when he was two.

Such was the scale of his seizures that Cian was forced to wear a helmet for protection. He also had to be kept in diapers.

Consultant neurologist at Cork University Hospital, Dr Olivia O'Mahony, decided after extensive tests that a major brain operation was the only option for Cian.

Irish Independent

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