Woman awaits word on more brain surgery

By From page A4 | March 08, 2014

epilepsy update

Chelsea Medina, 23, underwent brain surgery for her epilepsy, Thursday at Stanford Hospital. Medina is seen here before her surgery, at her home in Fairfield. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

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.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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  • AlfredoMarch 07, 2014 - 8:55 pm

    Chelsea is a remarkable brave young lady who's inspiring faith in The Lord above will set her free...... GOD bless you Chelsea were all praying in your name that you may recover well GOD bless

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  • sonia medinaMarch 08, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Chelsea continue to stay positive and rely on God. You are an awesome strong woman who will get through this and do great things. I love you...mom

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