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megimoo
02-15-2011, 07:52 PM
Heather and David Britton want everyone to understand a few things about their giggling, bespectacled 3-year-old son, Chase."He's happy. We call him the Little Gremlin. He loves to play tricks on people. He loves to sing. His goal in life is to make people smile," Heather Britton told AOL News.

"He's got so much love around him. We're an extremely happy family. His story is not tragic."

But to an outsider, the Brittons' story might seem heartbreaking.

Another son, Trey, was born 11 weeks early and only expected to live moments. Instead, he died six weeks after his birth in 2008, on the same day he was scheduled to receive a liver transplant. Cleared to get pregnant again, the couple was thrilled when Chase was conceived, Britton said. They were eager to give older son Alex, 13, a sibling.

Chase was also born prematurely, and he was legally blind. When he was 1 year old, doctors did an MRI, expecting to find he had a mild case of cerebral palsy. Instead, they discovered he was completely missing his cerebellum -- the part of the brain that controls motor skills, balance and emotions.

"That's when the doctor called and didn't know what to say to us," Britton said in a telephone interview. "No one had ever seen it before. And then we'd go to the neurologists and they'd say, 'That's impossible.' 'He has the MRI of a vegetable,' one of the doctors said to us."

Chase is not a vegetable, leaving doctors bewildered and experts rethinking what they thought they knew about the human brain.

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/12/chase-britton-boy-without-a-cerebellum-baffles-doctors/

fettpett
02-15-2011, 08:34 PM
wow....thats insane...goes to show how adaptable the human brain really is

Wei Wu Wei
02-15-2011, 09:13 PM
wow....thats insane...goes to show how adaptable the human brain really is

It's especially adaptable in young children, there tends to be enormous degrees of 'neuroplasticity' but still simply not having a cerebellum is astonishing

PoliCon
02-15-2011, 10:01 PM
Life is amazing and beautiful. :) I guess this throws Wilburs abortion theories about when a fetus becomes a person on their ear then.

Novaheart
02-15-2011, 10:09 PM
Countdown to some stupid comment about You Know Who in 10.... 9..... 8.....7....

Starbuck
02-15-2011, 10:12 PM
"Chase was meant to be with us."
That is, I believe, the case. Chase knew where to go to find help......He did not make a mistake.

Rockntractor
02-15-2011, 10:14 PM
Countdown to some stupid comment about You Know Who in 10.... 9..... 8.....7....

Shooting fish in a barrel, just sayin'

wilbur
02-15-2011, 10:25 PM
http://children.webmd.com/cerebellar-agenesis

While extremely rare, this isnt some unknown, mysterious condition that has never been seen before. That's just shoddy, shitty, typical science journalism... basically making shit up to shock and mislead.

And no Policon, this disorder doesnt affect my abortion argument which depends on existence of the cerebral cortex - not the cerebellum.

Rockntractor
02-15-2011, 10:34 PM
Speaking of cold blooded vertebrates.

PoliCon
02-15-2011, 10:47 PM
http://children.webmd.com/cerebellar-agenesis

While extremely rare, this isnt some unknown, mysterious condition that has never been seen before. That's just shoddy, shitty, typical science journalism... basically making shit up to shock and mislead.

And no Policon, this disorder doesnt affect my abortion argument which depends on existence of the cerebral cortex - not the cerebellum.

I'm sorry - when did I say your argument depended on a cerebral cortex? :confused: You're argument is that person-hood is dependent on brain development - seems you have a hole in your theory.

PoliCon
02-15-2011, 10:47 PM
Speaking of cold blooded vertebrates.

:confused: when did wilbur get a spine? :confused:

Rockntractor
02-15-2011, 10:48 PM
:confused: when did wilbur get a spine? :confused:

I stand corrected!

MountainMan
02-15-2011, 11:07 PM
I stand corrected!

And yet you still stand taller than Poli.......

megimoo
02-16-2011, 12:04 AM
Speaking of cold blooded vertebrates.Reptilian even !

wilbur
02-16-2011, 12:53 PM
I'm sorry - when did I say your argument depended on a cerebral cortex? :confused:

It always has. What do you think happens at roughly 24 weeks into pregnancy? The cortex begins to form and its neurons start showing activity.

Bailey
02-16-2011, 01:06 PM
I know it would be too easy to say people like we we and wilbur often show this board how easy it is to post with only part of a brain but I wont be so predictable :)

PoliCon
02-17-2011, 12:14 AM
I know it would be too easy to say people like we we and wilbur often show this board how easy it is to post with only part of a brain but I wont be so predictable :)

Half a brain? Now see - there you go being generous. :rolleyes:

Novaheart
02-17-2011, 12:49 AM
Why would a little boy have a candelabra anyway?