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Little Samuel is back home after major brain surgery

A week after undergoing major brain surgery, young Samuel Methot has impressed the doctors with his speedy recovery, so much so that he has already gone home.

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The severely epileptic boy was initially admitted to hospital 11 days after his meticulous neurosurgery intervention.

He will eventually stay in the hospital for eight days.

“It surprised the doctors and the neurologist,” says his mother, Meggie Perron, with relief to finally be home with her son.

“All goes well”

He has begun to walk again and his facial expressions, which are one of his communication tools, are becoming more and more present, confirms M.I perun.

“It’s fine, I’m happy. I have hope,” she said.

Moreover, the 9-year-old boy has not had any seizures since the operation. “Excellent” news, says his mother.

Samuel Mitot, 9, and his mom, Meggie Perron, are happy to be back home in Pont Rouge after spending a week at Montreal Children's Hospital, where the boy underwent a rare brain surgery.

Photo by Didier Debucher

“less alert”

says mI perun.

“Before, he deviated his gaze a lot, often changed his position, and moved around a lot. I find that since the operation, he seems more relaxed, less alert,” she explains.

On Friday, Samuel made his first smile since surgery, much to his mother’s delight. “I was expecting it!” did she say

Even if his brain is now processing information in a completely different way, he should be able to return to the Madeleine Bergeron specialist school benches, within two weeks, his mom says.

A very rare operation

On Wednesday last week, Samuel underwent a callus removal at Montreal Children’s Hospital, an operation so rare it’s been done there only three times in the past 10 years.

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This aims to sever the corpus callosum, which connects the two halves of the brain.

The goal is to reduce the number and severity of seizures, as well as to allow the electrical activity in the brain to be restricted.

From 20 to 50 seizures per day

During his early years, he experienced 20 to 50 epileptic seizures a day, which caused him to have violent expectations ahead.

Recently, Samuel has been the victim of at least one attack a week, but only one “very severe” attack.

Sometimes this can stretch out over 48 hours, his mother says, requiring emergency hospitalization.

Interference for more than 8 hours

  • February 22: Samuel Methot undergoes a rare brain surgery, called a callotomy, at Montreal Children’s Hospital. The operation takes more than 8 hours.
  • February 23: Samuel leaves intensive care.
  • February 24: He responded well to his operation. Prevents postoperative complications.
  • March 2: Samuel returns home.

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