A Scots tot diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy which causes her to have multiple seizures a day is to undergo life-saving surgery to detach part of her brain. Thea Steele, aged 14 months, had her first seizure just hours after being born and was rushed into intensive care where tests revealed a condition called infantile spasms.
The condition can cause catastrophic brain damage if left untreated. Little Thea was also diagnosed with extensive cortical dysplasia and intractable epilepsy, which left her resistant to medication - and suffering from seizures every day.
Medics now hope a complex 10-hour brain op, that will involve separating the left side of her brain from the right, will give her the chance of a seizure-free life. Mum Nicole Carr, 24, and dad Matthew Steele, 28, from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, said they don't have a date for the surgery yet but hope it will be sometime in October.