A North Bend infant who underwent a radical surgery Tuesday to end his severe epilepsy is resting today in an intensive care unit at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.
In an e-mail to The World, David Stauff, father of 10-month-old Evan, called the hemispherectomy surgery a success.
'After over 10 hours, the surgeon came down to our waiting area with the news that Evan was indeed a challenge, and did a great job during the procedure," Stauff wrote.
'He looks great and is sleeping peacefully now without any knowledge to what just happened."
The surgery separated the left and right halves of Evan's brain to prevent seizures. Doctors also removed a portion of the left side of his brain.
Evan began showing signs of epilepsy and infantile spasms in April. Without the surgery, UCLA surgeon Dr. Gary Mathern said, the child faced a likely future of developmental disabilities.