2-Year-old recovering after brain surgery

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- The Nichols family is especially grateful this Thanksgiving after their little boy underwent a successful surgery where doctors took out half his brain.

"He wasn't talking, making any sounds or eye contact," said the toddler's mother, Kyna Nichols.

Cooper, 2, had brain surgery after suffering from more than 200 seizures a day.

Doctors say each episode was causing the toddler to lose memory, keeping him from any chance at a normal life.

"We were not able to control his seizures through medications," said Nichols.

Cooper was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy called Infantile Spasms.

Doctors at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles were able to pinpoint what part of the brain was causing the seizures and removed it during a nine-hour surgery.

"They were removing the entire right hemisphere of his brain, it was scary," said Nichols.

It's been two months since the surgery.

Kyna and her husband Eric said they have their son back.

"Now the seizures have stopped, we went from 200 a day to zero." said Nichols.

During all the challenges this year has brought, the family still managed to grow again.

Cooper and his twin sister, Bently, now have a baby sister, making this a very special Thanksgiving.

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