Curing Epilepsy: My Son Remains Seizure-Free 14 Months After Laser Ablation Surgery, And Our Appearance On ABC’s Nightline

This is an update to my previous blog post Using Laser Surgery To Cure My Son’s Epilepsypublished in July 2011 after doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital cured his epilepsy with an innovative laser ablation procedure.

May 2012 Update:

Dysart Epilepsy Story on ABC's NightlineIt is such an exciting day for Keagan and our whole family! Tonight, Keagan will be featured on ABC’s Nightline episode regarding the laser epilepsy surgery he had in March 2011.

We couldn’t be happier to report that this surgery has cured our Keagan and it has been so much fun watching him flourish over the past year. Keagan continues to be seizure-free 14 months after his surgery. His cognitive skills have also improved dramatically over the past 14 months. The nerve stimulator that was implanted to intercept and prevent seizures from occurring has been turned off and he no longer needs anti-seizure medication. Keagan has had his 1st EVER normal EEG! He continues to exhibit autistic behaviors but his overall conduct has improved tremendously.

Keagan carved pumpkins for Halloween, trained and participated in a Fun Run, swims, participates in Cub Scouts and his school choir, loves school and has developed many new interests like the San Antonio Spurs. He used to want to be a bus driver but that would never be possible with seizures. Now he can be anything he wants. He says he wants to be a teacher when he grows up. Prior to surgery Keagan was afraid he would never laugh again once the seizures were gone. Now Keagan laughs genuinely everyday. When I hear his laughter I smile myself. It is the most beautiful sound.

When Texas Children’s came to us last Winter offering for us to be part of the ABC production of Keagan’s story, we were really nervous but thought it would be a great way to get the word out about epilepsy and the breakthrough procedure offered by Dr. Wilfong and Dr. Curry. We were very humbled by the whole experience and met some wonderful families along the way. We hope this story and this message will offer other families facing the same challenges a ray of hope with this rare condition.

Most importantly, we hope the brave families who decide to have the procedure that Keagan underwent have the same success that we have had. We are very blessed with our “new” Keagan. We put it in God’s hands and we were blessed with a true miracle. Please tune in to ABC’s Nightline Friday night to see our story.

For more information about the laser ablation procedure used to cure epilepsy, visit Texas Children’s Laser Ablation Surgery for Epilespy web page or view this Facebook photo album about the procedure.


About Robin Dysart, Mother of Patient

My name is Robin Dystart. My nine-year-old-son, Keagan, has had seizures his entire life.

During the summer of 2011, Keagan received a new kind of epilepsy treatment using laser-guided surgery at Texas Children's Hospital. Since that day, he has been seizure-free.

Posted in Neurology, Parenting, Patient post, Surgery

5 Responses to Curing Epilepsy: My Son Remains Seizure-Free 14 Months After Laser Ablation Surgery, And Our Appearance On ABC’s Nightline

  1. Joy Johnson says:

    I am so happy for Keagan and his family! This is a new beginning of life and promise for so many. I was blessed with a cure for epilepsy, a right temporal lobectomy with only one invasive surgery to remove scar tissue. December 4, 2001 at age 46 having had seizures since a child, I was cured. Took dilantin for 2 years after surgery and have never felt the fear of epilepsy since my surgery 10 years ago.

    • Raminder Singh says:

      I am writing from India , I would like to know Can I bring my son who is suffering from Epilepsy to this Hospital for laser Treatment ?

  2. Karen Lewis says:

    What an awesome testimony. I have had epilespy since I was 9 years old. It’s the small ones that last for less than a minute. But next month in May I will be 45 years old. As I get older I think about having this handicap removed because I do not want to be a burden to anyone in my older years and I would LOVE to be seizure free. Can someone help me in finding a doctor who would perform this laser surgery on me. This is a dream come true. Thank you so much.

  3. Crystal says:

    My daughter is 5 years old and has had seizures since she was 6 months old she has been on several medicines and know we are we are having longer seizures that last 11 to 12 minutes long diastate does not work for her I would love for her to be seizurer free and she has a genic disorder also and has a form of funtional autisum she is a patient at Texas children’s but has never said anything about this procurer before to me

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