Saturday, February 19, 2011

Unbelievable Story: A Boy Without A Cerebellum

Author: Brittany Chan

Three-year-old Chase Britton was born premature and legally blind. When he failed to achieve the appropriate developmental milestones, doctors thought he may have cerebral palsy.

What they found was that Chase has no cerebellum or pons, only fluid where these structures would have been. Yet he can take steps with help, communicate, use scissors, and play with his thirteen-year-old brother. He's also learning the alphabet.

This is truly a medical mystery! The human body never ceases to amaze me. Neurologists everywhere are now questioning what they thought they knew about the brain. Check out the full story here. Such an inspiring story and family.

About the author:

Brittany Chan is a second-year medical student at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas.  She is also a candidate for an MBA in Health Organization Management from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.  Originally from the Houston area, she graduated summa cum laude with degrees in psychology and general studies from Texas Tech University in 2009.  In addition to blogging, Brittany enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with family and friends.

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