Khloe Guy had her first seizure at just two days old, a terrifying experience for her mother, Tamanda Richard.
The nightmare only worsened as Khloe’s seizures became daily and by the time she was three months old, she was having up to 100 an hour.
It was then that doctors in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, finally diagnosed her as one of just 1,000 people in the US with Aicardi syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy.
They told Richard, 28, that her daughter may never walk or speak, reported the Clarion Ledger.
Richard spent the first year of Khloe’s life managing eight different seizure medications and taking her to the emergency room almost every week.
Then, doctors told Richard they believed a radical procedure that involved removing half of Khloe’s brain could help get her seizures under control.
Richard told the Clarion Ledger that when she was four months pregnant, she had a sonogram that revealed a cyst on Khloe’s brain.
However, she was told that it would likely go away. No other complications occurred before Richard gave birth in April 2017.
When she was two days old, Khloe suffered her first seizure. By three months old, she was having violent seizures, as many as 100 an hour.
The baby wasn’t eating or sleeping and ‘was no longer in control’, Richard told the newspaper.
During that period, Richard bought Khloe several times to the emergency room at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, but doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
Finally, in July 2017, after a week of tests, Khloe was diagnosed with Aicardi syndrome.
It’s an extremely rare genetic disorder that occurs when the structure that connects the right half of the brain with the left half is missing or does not develop normally.
Doctors don’t know what causes the disorder but, because it occurs almost exclusively in females, it’s believed to be due to a gene on the X chromosome.
Symptoms typically include poorly developed eyes, a flat nose, asymmetry between the two sides of the brain, and developmental delays.
Seizures begin usually as spasms during before progressing to recurrent seizures.
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are an estimated 4,000 sufferers worldwide and about 1,000 documented cases in the US.
Doctors told Richard that there was a possibility her daughter would never walk or talk.
‘She’s supposed to be like a vegetable,’ Richard told the Clarion Ledger.
Right up until Khloe’s first birthday, the uncontrollable seizures continued and Richard had to give her daughter eight different anticonvulsants.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Mary Kekatos