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December 9, 2009

North Texas non-profit organization inspires episode of “The Doctors”

ALEDO — A North Texas non-profit organization, inspired by a little girl from Aledo who had one half of her brain removed, is now helping children worldwide. The Hemispherectomy Foundation played a significant role in the care of a little boy from Bosnia suffering from severe epilepsy. His story will air on an upcoming episode of the nationally-syndicated television show “The Doctors.”

“It is an incredible story of the humanitarian efforts of many Hemispherectomy Foundation volunteers, from all over the U.S.A., coming together to save a young boy’s life who lives on the other side of the world,” said Cris Hall, co-founder of The Hemispherectomy Foundation.

In the summer of 2008, when 6-year-old Jessie Hall was recuperating from brain surgery, her parents began building a non-profit organization to help others facing similar surgeries. The Hemispherectomy Foundation boasts an impressive Medical Advisory Board with every top pediatric neurologist and neurosurgeon in North America, including the world-renowned Dr. Ben Carson who serves as Honorary Chair.

“Our community gave us such tremendous support and that blossomed into The Hemispherectomy Foundation. Now we are helping kids all over the world — Peru, India, Australia, Italy, Bosnia, Ireland, Portugal, England, Canada and the United States. Who would have thought that in just one year we would be where we are today?” Hall said.

The Hemispherectomy Foundation, with support from other groups and individuals, arranged for Anes’ surgery and related expenses to be covered during his two-month stay in the U.S. According to the family and their physician, other major neurosurgical centers in Europe weren’t willing to perform the procedure due to the cost and risk. Desperate, the family turned to the Internet, hoping to find the medical expertise and financial support their son needed. Anes’ uncle found The Hemispherectomy Foundation and contacted leaders there earlier this year.

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