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Life beyond epilepsy: Oklahoma girl is seizure-free after brain surgery

Hermoinee Lorett, 11, underwent an epilepsy surgery that, as best surgeons can tell, has changed her life. For most of her life, the Oklahoma girl has suffered seizures. Since the surgery, she has been seizure free.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: July 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: July 12, 2014


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11-year-old Hermoinee Lorett gets some blush applied before a press conference at the Samis Family Education Center Auditorium inside the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Hermoinee recently underwent two brain surgeries that have left her seizure free. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
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11-year-old Hermoinee Lorett gets some blush applied before a press conference at the Samis Family Education Center Auditorium inside the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Hermoinee recently underwent two brain surgeries that have left her seizure free. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman PAUL HELLSTERN

At Thursday’s news conference, Hermoinee’s father, Karl Lorett, smiled, cried a little and told the room he cannot wait to see how the boundaries around his daughter will continue to crumble.

“Up until now, we didn’t think there was any other hope,” he said. “Our best hope was to keep changing her meds as she changed, as she grew up, and her body changed to maybe get a hold of these seizures.”

Karl and Deena Lorett live near Ponca City with their eight children, seven of whom they’ve adopted.

Hermoinee was 3 when she came to live with the Loretts. The family has been through several serious seizures and trips to the emergency room with the girl.

Only now are they getting to see Hermoinee’s sense of humor and hear their daughter’s voice.

“These sentences started popping up, and we would just spin around and look at each other like there was another voice in the room that we had never heard before,” Deena Lorett said.

Hermoinee said she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Her dad does not hesitate — he believes she can and will do it, even though she also has cerebral palsy, which can sometimes affect a child’s IQ level, he said.

The Loretts have noticed that, since surgery, Hermoinee has gotten braver.

For example, about two weeks ago, Hermoinee swam underwater.

She came up and said that she could swim the butterfly, just like her siblings who are swimmers.

Her mother looked on, recognizing that her daughter had just connected several thoughts together. That wouldn’t have been possible before the surgery, she said.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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