Doctors were astounded when a blind girl regained her sight and ‘cured herself’ of a normally life-long brain condition.
Evie-Mae Geurts was registered blind when she was only a few months old, and when her head swelled a few months later, her 28-year-old mother demanded answers.
At only eight months old, doctors discovered she had hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid in the brain. The extra fluid puts pressure on the brain, which can cause damage. Hydrocephalus can be fatal if left untreated.
The pressure inside her head was 32 times normal, and doctors warned that while they could help relieve the pain and buildup, brain damage had already occurred. The continued pressure meant she’d lose her sight forever, and she’d probably never learn to walk or talk.
Against all odds, Evie-Mae Geurts not only regained her sight as a toddler, but she also learned to walk and talk.
Furthermore, her hydrocephalus vanished last year. Typically, hydrocephalus is an incurable condition that necessitates the use of shunts, hollow tubes surgically implanted in the brain, to drain fluid from the affected area.
Evie-Mae is now seven years old and doing well. She has no shunts, is the best in her class, and can see perfectly without glasses.
Doctors have been astounded by her journey, even though she still has eye tests every six months to monitor her progress. “They can’t believe it,” Amy, Amy’s proud mother, said. “Evie is phenomenal. We’re so proud of her. She’s an amazing little girl.”
Doctors had to shave Evie-hair Mae’s back in order to remove the shunts she no longer needed. Following that, the stylists at the hair salon told the little girl how brave she’d been to go through so much. She said, “Just like Eugene cut Rapunzel’s hair to save her in Tangled, the doctors cut my hair off to save me.”