Saturday, September 13, 2008

WII and seizures

A popular gaming system is helping doctors learn more about epilepsy. There are some children in texas that are using the WII to treat children with seizures.

Eight year old Autumn Kincaid spends a lot of time in the hospital.

"She has cerebral palsy and seizures, we're actually here for seizures," said Autumn's mom.
Doctors at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth are actually trying to trigger autumns seizures.

"We learn from their seizures, we learn whether we're treating them with the right medication," said pediatric neurologist Dr. Angel Hernandez.

They're now using the WII game system to do so.

"The WII is yet another tool to make children tired because that's one of the biggest triggers for seizures in children," said Dr. Hernandez.

The WII not only helps doctors at Cook Children's study seizures, it also benefits the patients."
"With the gaming system, children are able to participate in something that's familiar to them, it's obviously something that's enjoyable," said child life specialist Betsy Hillyard.

While Autumn tries beating the game, doctors are hoping the game helps them beat epilepsy.



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