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Eric was born with a type of tumor called a colloid cyst. It was discovered when he was in 8th grade. They did emergency brain surgery to remove the cyst. It was a very difficult surgery due to the location of the cyst and tumor sac. He was in a coma for three days following the surgery during which time the doctors thought that he would not wake up. Once he awoke, he was paralyzed on his left side. They did not think he would regain movement. He did. They predicted that he would not graduate from 8th grade with his peers due to the brain damage from the surgery. He was home-schooled for the remainder of the year and graduated in advance of his peers. In his sophomore year of high school he began to have seizures. They believed that the seizures were a result of the scar tissue left after the surgery. He continued having major seizures regularly for sixteen years. In 2005 he finally found the right balance of medication to control the seizures. After 11 years of being on high doses of anti-seizure medication, Eric's medical team believes that they can surgically remove the scar tissue and thereby cure his epilepsy.
On Oct. 31 Eric will check into Brackenridge for brain surgery to attempt to remove the remaining scar tissue. We are not yet sure what type of surgery will be performed. Therefore, we are preparing for a month stay in the hospital with the potential of having two brain surgeries during this month. We created this website so that we can update everyone on his status and ask for your prayers and support.