Most parents sush their children when they're loud in public places, but David and Kathleen Stauff have a hard time telling 18-month-old Evan to be quiet.

'We don't want to tell him to be quiet because we think it's fantastic," David Stauff said.

Evan's giggles and noise are especially fantastic considering that half a year ago, the Stauffs weren't sure if their son would pull through an 11-hour surgery that removed most of the left half his brain, or if it would end the child's seizures.

The surgery was a success.

'We have our baby back," Stauff said.

Evan was born healthy and developed like a normal baby.

But at 5:30 one morning last April, the Stauffs woke to Evan having a seizure. He was nearly 4 months old.

Then, Evan seized again, and again, and again. On the worst days, he seized as many as 150 times.

He was lifeflighted to Oregon Health & Science University's Doernbecher Children's Hospital, where he was put on medication for generalized seizures and infantile spasms. Some seizures stopped, but the spasms continued. Another option was surgery.

A hemispherectomy surgery, performed at the University of California, Los Angeles, provided a 75 percent chance Evan would become spasm free, Stauff said.

'I think we just knew that this was our only chance."

Evan hasn't had a spasm since. He's lost the peripheral vision in both eyes and undergoes physical therapy to strengthen his right side. Still, doctors call the surgery a success and say Evan is progressing well in his recovery, Stauff said.

To Stauff, Evan showed immediate improvement after the surgery.

Before the surgery, 'He would usually just kind of look through you," Stauff said.

Now, Evan wiggles, plays, giggles, hugs and interacts with his brothers.

'It just blows you away to think of how far he's come," he added.

'I think that he has endless possibilities right now."

Stauff said he wants to share Evan's success with others coping with infantile seizures as a means of hope and inspiration for others. Visit to learn more about Evan.

Reporter Alice Campbell can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or at


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