FAIRFIELD — Chelsea Medina, featured on the front page of Wednesday’s Daily Republic, was resting comfortably Friday after undergoing five hours of surgery Thursday at Stanford University Medical Center, said her grandmother, Angie Sanchez.
Medina, 23, was expected to be moved into a regular hospital room, from the intensive care unit, Friday afternoon.
She has epilepsy. Scar tissue from previous operations on her brain was removed Thursday. Doctors also placed subdural grids in her brain. The grids are strips of polyurethane containing electrode discs that are placed over and around areas in the brain suspected to be linked to seizures.
Special equipment maps what happens in the brain when a seizure occurs. This gives doctors a clearer picture on the relationship between the areas of the brain that should be preserved and the seizure-causing areas that should be removed.
Medina will be observed for about a week before any decisions on whether surgeons think she will be helped by removing any more of her brain.
The longtime Fairfield resident invited the newspaper to watch as her long locks of hair were cut in preparation for the surgery. Medina wants to raise awareness about the condition, which she was born with.
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