Boy Living Without Cerebellum – A Medical Miracle
A boy aged 3 years from New York is living without cerebellum. It is an important part of the brain, which helps for motor control, balance, coordination and emotional control.
Chase Britton’s doctors are puzzled by his condition. The doctors are more puzzled after the mother of the boy said that ultrasound pictures reveal that the cerebellum was there when he was in the womb.
"That is actually a fundamental part of the dilemma," said Dr. Adre du Plessis, chief of Fetal and Transitional Medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D. C.
He also said that, “If there was a cerebellum, what happened to it?"
Chase is legally blind. He also does not have pons. Pons is the part of the brain stem that controls sleeping and breathing functions.
Doctors are not sure about the fact that whether Chase’s case is the result of a foetal injury or a genetic abnormality.
The Brittons, had another son, Trey, who died four weeks after birth in 2006. However, doctors say that Trey’s condition was not genetic.
According to Chase’s mother, Heather Britton, "We knew this is what we wanted to do, and they said flukes don't happen twice."
She said that Chase was born at 35 weeks after a complicated pregnancy. He was developing a little slower. The family thought that it was due to the pregnancy.