The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Subjecting a Baby to Radical Neurosurgery

    From birth, William Buttars suffered racking seizures that damaged his brain and occurred so frequently his parents feared he would soon die. Medications and treatment failed, leaving doctors with one radical option: removing a portion of William’s brain through a procedure known as hemispherectomy. His parents made the impossible choice, saving their child’s life with an operation they knew would harm his vision, motor skills and IQ. Years later, the fourth-grader with half a brain plays soccer and baseball and, his parents hope, will one day earn a high school diploma.

    Indianapolis Monthly

This story is part of The Presidential Daily Brief

view full edition