Born with half a brain, woman living full life

October 14, 2009 at 7:26 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
The human body never ceases to amaze.
clipped from www.cnn.com

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia (CNN) — Michelle Mack has turned medical thinking upside down.

The right side of Michelle Mack's brain rewired itself to take over functions controlled by the left.

The right side of Michelle Mack’s brain rewired itself to take over functions controlled by the left.

Born with only half a brain, Mack can speak normally, graduated from high school and has an uncanny knack for dates.

At 27, doctors determined that the right side of her brain had essentially rewired itself to make up for function that was likely lost during pre-birth stroke. But her childhood and young adult years were fraught with frustration.

An MRI scan revealed she was missing nearly half of the left side of her brain. While it was clear Mack has some problems, Grafman said he and the family were shocked by the extent of the damage.

There’s some very deep structures remaining, but the surface of her brain, the cortex is 95 percent gone
The only answer, Grafman said, was that Mack’s brain has rewired itself.
The remaining half took over some of the essential functions that are normally done by the left

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