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Jessica Wilson


Jessica Wilson: Epilepsy patient with abnormal heart condition

Jessica Wilson in 2007
Age 15, Dunbar, Pa.

Jessica Wilson was born with an abnormal heart condition that required surgery when she was an infant. While the heart surgery was successful, she began having frequent seizures at age 6.

After having an electroencephalogram (EEG) at a local hospital, Jessica was referred to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program. At that time, an area of scar tissue was found in her brain.

Despite trying six different types of medicine, Jessica continued to suffer from frequent seizures. In April 2007, she underwent surgery to remove the area of her brain where her seizures were thought to be isolated. Since her surgery, Jessica has been free from seizures and no longer needs to take antiseizure medications.

Her mother, Debbie, couldn’t be more pleased. While Jessica never took time off from her busy activity schedule due to her condition, “It’s wonderful to know seizures are no longer a fear,” says Debbie. “Now Jessica can play softball, swim, dance, and go to school without having to worry about the next episode.”

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