Help Abby get brain surgery

This is my 11 year old daughter Abigail (Abby) Smith.  Ever since Abby was a baby she had grunting spells that lasted a few seconds at a time that just didn't seem normal.  As Abby got older the grunts turned into out bursts of laughing that would last for 20 or 30 seconds. The laughing would be at inappropriate times and she could not stop or explain why it happened.  After much research I thought it could be a seizure.  I took her to two different neurologist at age 4 and 7 they told me she would out grow it and she seemed perfectly normal. Also I was told her MRI and EEG tests were normal. 
   When  Abby was  9 yrs old she was diagnosed with early onset puberty, her laughing spells had started to turn into panic spells which included repetative swallowing, staring and short term memory loss.  She will suffer with these episodes up to 12 times a day.  She cries and tells me how this is ruining her life.
   I was sure these spells had to be some sort of seizure.  I made her an appointment with a pediatric epilepsy specialist in Atlanta, GA.  So glad I did, this doctor seemed to know exactly what was wrong. He sent her to Childrens of Atlanta for a MRI and he was right.  Within 2 hours of being home we got a call,  Abby was diagnosed with Hypothalamic Hamartoma,  it is a rare congenital tumer on her hypothalamus.  These tumors can cause many problems including the laugh seziures, short term memory loss, early puberty and other debilitating symptoms that thankfully Abby doesn't have  now but could possibly develope later.  We were told that medication doesn't help these type of seizures and surgery was the only thing that can be done.  Because this is rare and only 1 in 200,000 kids are born with it,  not a lot of doctors have performed surgery on these types of tumors.  Also this is why kids are often misdiagnosed.  
  This is a dangerous surgery because the hypothalamus is in the center of the brain and it controls everything.  We have an appointment at Texas Childrens hospital in Houston, TX in October 2017 with the neurosurgon who specializes in this disease. We have to go for 2 weeks of testing and back, then back again for the surgery.  We need help with the travel expenses and medical bills to be able to help our baby girl to have a normal seizure free life. 

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  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 36 mos
  • Keith Bilbrey 
    • $500 
    • 36 mos
  • Ron/Sally Stamper 
    • $100 
    • 39 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $150 
    • 40 mos
  • Julie Smith 
    • $40 
    • 41 mos
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Organizer

Sara Halcomb Smith 
Organizer
Calhoun, GA
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