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Lewiston boy has brain surgery to stop epilepsy

Posted at 9:26 PM, Dec 11, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-06 21:19:25-05

A young Lewiston boy may be the miracle you are looking for this holiday season. Four-year-old Dominic Pennesi is now making huge strides after battling epilepsy.

At its worst, the disease caused Dominic to suffer some two dozen seizures a day.  Medication wasn't working and his quality of life continued to decline. So in October, his family took him to New York City and he had surgery to remove the part of his brain having the seizures.

"At first, it was really hard. Scary. I thought I made the wrong choice.  I mean he didn't wake up for days. He was very sleepy.  He couldn't move his right side," said Anna Pennesi, Dominic's mother.

After the surgery, Dominic was transferred to Unity Hospital in Rochester for therapy and has continued to improve from there.  He is now walking and talking again.

Dominic is now doing at home therapy and his family is planning to go back to New York City next week for a follow up.  The best news: his seizures have stopped since the surgery.