Child to have brain surgery for epilepsy

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- Two valley parents are fighting to save their son's life by letting doctors remove a portion of his brain.

Eric and Kyna Nichols couldn't figure out why their one-year-old son, Cooper, kept having head spasms, sometimes viciously hitting the ground.

"He was having thirty to forty in a matters of five to ten minutes," said Eric.

The two worried parents went to many doctors but could not get any help. They were told to just wait it out.

"We couldn't find anyone to give us any answers," said Kyna. "The seizures have taken over his personality."

Desperate, Eric and Kyna took video of one of their son's episodes and rushed him to the emergency room.

"We knocked on the door of the hospital and with video saying please help," Kyna said.

Doctors at Cardon Children's Medical Center diagnosed Cooper with a rare form of epilepsy found in only 2,000 children a year in the United States.

Cooper's brain surgery will be at UCLA in Los Angeles.

"They will remove a portion of his brain and being as young as he is, the other side will compensate," said Eric.

This isn't the first time the young couple has had to deal with news like this.

Cooper's twin sister was born with Down Syndrome.

At first it was heartbreaking for the couple but now they say the twins are a blessing.

They are hoping the innovative surgery will be the best chance for their son to have a normal life.

Insurance is limited by the rare surgery and will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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