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James O'Donnell


James O’Donnell: Epilepsy patient with tuberous sclerosis

James O'Donnell in 2006
Age 9, Canonsburg, Pa.

James O’Donnell had his first seizure at only 15 months old. James suffers from tuberous sclerosis, a rare genetic disease that causes benign tumors to grow in the brain, sometimes causing seizures. In his case, James began having frequent seizures despite trying three different seizure medications.

Because James was so young, his seizures were contributing to delays in his development. This prompted physicians to begin exploring surgical treatment options. With an extensive presurgical evaluation, specialists were able to determine the area of brain causing James’ seizures and carefully remove this region without any complications. Since his surgery in August 2006, James has been seizure-free.  

Learn about  other epilepsy patients whose lives have been improved by their experience at Children's Hospital.
Last Update
October 10, 2013
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Last Update
October 10, 2013