Nicholas Garner and his family at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter
St. Louis (KSDK) -- Imagine having up to 60 seizures a day. That's what was happening to a little Sullivan, Missouri boy who suffered from epilepsy.
Nicholas Garner, 6, had brain surgery in May and he hasn't had a seizure since.
I met with Nicholas, his parents and one of his doctors.
According to the National Stroke Association, the incidences of stroke in children younger than 15 is about six cases in every 100,000 children annually.
Doctors say Nicholas had his stroke while he was being born and that led to led to the epilepsy and the seizures.
Nicholas was recently back at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center recently for a check-up.
The brain surgery for epilepsy is a new program at Cardinal Glennon.
Doctors say both of Nicholas' parents have a clotting problem and that contributed to the stroke that led to the seizures.
His mom says it's been tough but Nicholas, the shy child, is now more out-going.
Nicholas' battle continues. He's lost the use of his right arm and there's no guarantee that he won't have a seizure again at some time in his life.
For more information about pediatric strokes, email the National Stroke Association at email@example.com.