IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - A 9-year-old from North English has been chosen as this week's Kid Captain.
Ean Gorsh was five when he fell asleep in front of a television. His parents Teri and Zach Gorsh knew the nap wasn't ordinary. Ean was rushed by ambulance to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital after vomiting and being unresponsive.
Doctors determined Ean had a seizure, which became a reoccurrence at night. For two years he took medications to try to stop them, but there was no cause for them.
Pediatric neurosurgeons determined the seizures were coming from the right side of Ean's brain. In hopes of minimizing the seizures, surgeons removed a portion of his brain. However, then Ean started having daytime seizures.
Doctors then started talking with his parents about a hemispherotomy, which involves the complete removal or disconnection of one side of the brain.
In January 2017, Ean had the hemispherotomy and spent three weeks in inpatient physical therapy.
After the surgery, Ean was in a wheelchair with limited mobility in his arm. He is now able to walk, run, and play basketball.
Ean will serve as Kid Captain when the Hawkeyes take on Minnesota on October 6.
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