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Epileptic brain surgery could help 5-year-old's seizures

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Five-year-old Gracie Stamatiades started having seizures before her third birthday.

After years of trying different medications, late last year her family decided the medications wouldn't help her anymore. So Monday, Stamatiades will head to Mayo Clinic and undergo epileptic brain surgery.

Stamatiades went through 16 days of testing before qualifying for this brain surgery. There are some risks of the procedure, which doctors will take into account before they operate.

"She has a fantastic chance of being epileptic free afterwards. She's a fighter, and she is going to beat it," said Amanda Stamatiades, mother.

The surgery will be in two parts. They plan to remove the top of Stamatiades' skull to monitor her brain.

Then she'll lay awake in ICU for however long it takes for doctors to see exactly where the seizures start. When they find it, doctors will remove that part of her brain.

The bath warehouse at Bertch Cabinets in Waterloo was filled with purple Wednesday, all in support of Gracie Stamatiades.

Bertch Cabinets in Waterloo, where Amanda Stamatiades works, raised $2,200 by selling shirts to help with medical costs.

"You know it tears me up, and obviously I want to try and help as much as I can even though there isn't much that we can do," said Justin Schilling, Bertch Cabinets.

"Every purple shirt, every prayer, everything means so much to us. It helps so much," said Amanda Stamatiades.

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