|Date:2015-05-22||Units / Author:Strategic Planning|
Little girl with epilepsy in Russia finds new hope in Taiwan
A 12 year old girl Masha from Russia started to experience involuntary eye twitching and extremities spasm 2 to 3 times a week, and she was later diagnosed with epilepsy. However, she was not able to receive effective treatments in Russia, and was later referred to Tungs’ Taichung Metro Harbor Hospital in Taiwan by the Russian hospital Nevron for further care.
Under the leadership of Dr. Chi, a well-respected pediatric neurologist, the medical care adheres to the highest standard in treating pediatric patients, especially in the area of research and treatment for patients suffering from epilepsy. After getting in touch with the international medical service department, Masha is scheduled to be treated by Dr. Chi and his team in Taiwan.
After carefully reviewing Masha’s medical information, Dr. Chi believes that with proper care, Masha would have a chance to regain a better control of her condition. Upon arriving at Tungs’ hospital, various examinations were scheduled, and it was identified the eye twitching and extremities spasm were caused by abnormal release of electric current, which is the result of a rare condition called Jeavons syndrome.
After evaluation, the epilepsy can be treated with medications, cross departmental meetings were held in several settings to identify the best course of treatment for Masha to achieve the best result. After 1 week of treatment at Tungs’ hospital, Masha was able to return home with her family to continue observing the effectiveness of the new treatment, and Marsha has been episode free since the new treatment.
Masha’s mom recalled that when Masha first showed symptoms, it really scared her, the condition wasn’t improving after receiving treatments at Nevron Hospital in Russia, and she worried that the condition would get worse and would affect Masha’s life in many ways. After learning about the team in Taiwan, they traveled to Taiwan with hope that the condition could be managed. The medical team did everything they could to ensure that Masha feels comfortable while receiving treatment in Taiwan, and was able to keep her condition under control.
Dr. Chi indicated that epilepsy could be caused by several conditions including genetics, abnormal development in the brain, damage to the brain, meningitis, cranial hemorrhage, brain tumor and neurological metabolic disease. Jeavons, a genetic disorder, causes the brain the release abnormal amount of electric current, which causes twitching to the facial muscle and other body parts. Current treatment includes medications that should be taken for 2 years until the condition is under control, or should be taken according to doctor’s specification.
With proper diagnosis and treatment, most pediatric patients with epilepsy have good prognosis, in addition to treating with medications, parent’s support and care, as well as support from friends are equally important to give the children as much courage as possible to help them through the challenging times.