Baseball season has always been meaningful for every baseball fan out there across the world, this also includes nine-year-old Charlie Crawler. He is a huge Astros fan and a formidable player in his All-Star Little League Team.
However, he had to put a temporary stop to almost everything exciting in his life, following the rise of medical issues at the age of six.
Charlie’s mother, Sarah, said via Americancasinosites online casino: "We would talk to him, and he would just kind of start zoning out of it and then we, he would finish the sentence then he would just give us a blank stare."
Sarah and her husband with four children found out there was something wrong with Charlie's health which led to them finding a specialist who diagnosed him with a genetic form of epilepsy. This came as a surprise to the couple and ultimately became doubtful as no one in their family had a record of seizure.
Charlie's, who plays as third base and left field, seizure only got worse giving the family a traumatic experience.
"Charlie had a seizure that was something that we had never seen before and he became very tonic, in a frozen state for over 25 minutes, and he became blue. It was the most traumatic experience we have had ever as parents. It resulted in a 911 call, ambulance to the ER," says Sarah.
"The MRI showed that Charlie had a thalamic tumor, which was in the middle of his brain, which is a place where no one really wants to operate, because it's such a sensitive area. Doctors say typically these types of tumors don't cause seizures, so Charlie was prescribed more medications."
He was inducing over 40 pills a week which proved to be fruitless as he was still getting those seizures several times a day. This brought his active life to a stop.
"He cannot ride a bike. He cannot really swim without someone consistently watching him, no bathtub, no downhill skiing because the danger is a safety issue," added Sarah.
They started asking around for a new specialist who could figure out what's wrong with their son. This eventually took them to the Vice-Chair of Neurosurgery at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Dr Nitin Tandon.
"Charlie's a very energetic and charming little boy and so it was sad to see how his life was being devastated by the seizures, and by the medications that he was taking at very large dosages to try to control the seizures," states DrTandon.
Fortunately, Tandon discovered that Charlie had a tumor that was responsible for his seizures and needed to remove as soon as possible.
Tandon explained the process, saying via French online casino: "I went out on a limb and put in a very small needle into this tumor, got a biopsy of it, and then followed that needle with the fiber of a laser catheter that went into this – again, this is less than a centimeter in size – really in the middle of his head, and then we destroyed this tumour with that laser energy."
The players on Charlie's team put on "Crush It For Charlie" stickers on their batting helmets right before his surgery. And he ended up crushing it perfectly.
The surgery happened 18 months ago and he has been tumour and seizure-free ever since, with Charlie's favourite professional team cheering him on his path to recovery.
"After my brain surgery, Alex Bregman sent me a video. He said, 'Hi Charlie, I hope you feel better. I'll see you at an Astros game too'," said Charlie.
Charlie eventually attended an Astros game and met with Bregman and other players.