A huge part of this boy’s brain was removed. The rest of his brain made up for it

The left hemisphere stepped up

When neurosurgeons removed one-third of the right side of this boy’s brain as a radical treatment for his epilepsy, no one knew what would happen.


But it turned out the left side was all over it.

The last-resort lobectomy was carried out on the six-year-old to treat his pharmacologically intractable epilepsy, the result of a low-grade brain tumour.

Surgeons were forced to remove the entire right occipital lobe — which carries out visual processing — and most of his