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Six year old Emma McLaughen keeps a very busy schedule,whether it's meeting the governor or Miss Tennessee, but it isn't all fun. She's on an important mission, to help raise awareness for Hydrocephalus. A condition she's battled her entire life.

Chara McLaughen says. "We do this because there is no cure for hydrocephalus and the only treatment for this is brain surgery."

Hydrocephalus is a condition that occurs when fluid builds up in the skull and causes the brain to swell. It is often defined as "water on the brain."

When it comes to hydrocephalus, there are some early signs and symptoms to look for that may signal you need to see your pediatrician.

They include:

  • a rapid increase in head circumference
  • eyes that are fixed downward
  • seizures
  • extreme fussiness

Chara McLaughen says "It's been difficult over the years, she's been in and out of the hospital numerous times.

Chara says Emma's had 9 brain surgeries.  Hydrocephalus can be fatal if it's left untreated.

In most cases, a shunt is surgically inserted, but statistics show the shunt fails 50 percent of the time.

That's why Chara says events like this weekend's upcoming walk are so important.

Chara McLaughen says "It doesn't just raise money for research, but we are raising awareness about a condition that so many people don't know exists, that have never heard of hydrocephalus, and people don't know what it means."

But Chara is working to change that.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

2015 Hydrocephalus Association WALK
Saturday, October 24, 2015
A T & T Field
www.hydroassoc.org

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