• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Saving Grace

July 23, 2017

pediatric patient Grace Chan standing outside and smiling
After suffering her first epileptic seizure at just 10 days of age, Grace Chan required six separate brain surgeries as surgeons worked to remove the harmful tissue that was causing her seizures.

Ten days after giving birth, Christina Chen, M.D., was feeding her newborn daughter, Grace, when the young child's arms and head suddenly began making brief jerking movements.

"It looked like a small seizure to me. But newborns do such strange things with their movements, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it," Christina says. A few minutes later, Grace did it again. And then again. "I knew immediately at that time that we had to take her to the hospital," Christina says. "She was having clusters of seizures."

Grace's first hospitalization at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, when she was only 10 days old, was scary for Grace, and for Christina and her husband, Aaron Chan. That's in part because all of Grace's lab tests, imaging studies and MRI scans looked normal. And while an electroencephalogram, or EEG, did confirm the seizures, it didn't pinpoint a cause. Read the rest of the story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.