Our lives were thrown upside down

November 28, 2013 by admin

Epilepsy diagnoses prompt parents to embark on gruelling record for longest journey

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buy canada goose jacket The campaign started with just Alex Evans and his friend Peter Christen, two fathers whose daughters underwent successful neurosurgery at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital. buy canada goose jacket

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“We went through the joy of having a healthy child born. One day all of that changed. Our lives were thrown upside down.”

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“There is still uncertainty in her outlook, but at least she has an outlook.”

Boating for BrainsClementine’s diagnosis prompted Mr Evans to launch the community run initiative Boating for Brains, aimed at raising money in support of the Royal Children’s Hospital’s neuroimaging canada goose shop uk service.

Other parents who have lived through similar experiences have since joined the campaign.

canada goose uk outlet “Boating for Brains is our way of trying to thank the RCH Neurology team for canada goose outlet vancouver salvaging out daughter’s life,” canada goose outlet reviews Mr Evans said. canada goose uk outlet

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Canada Goose Online The money will enable the RCH to hire a full time neuroimaging scientist who will be responsible for managing and assessing brain scans of children who are born with or acquire epilepsy. Canada Goose Online

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He said this information is not evident in routine brain scans and without treatment these children can develop cognitive impairments with limited prospects of leading normal lives.

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“This sort of image processing is done primarily in a research setting, but taking these sorts of skills into the clinical domain is new,” he said.

“It will be the first time somebody is employed in a hospital [clinical role] canada goose outlet ottawa outside of the standard medical imaging and radiology departments.

“Without this funding this would not have happened. It’s extremely difficult in public hospitals to canada goose premium outlet create new positions. It requires efforts like [Mr Evans’] to be the triggers for innovation of this kind.”.

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