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Nov 29, 2018 by Shehera Vega Sánchez

Baby Giggles 17 Hours Per Day Because Of Tumor: 'There Is Light At The End Of The Tunnel'

for over seventeen hours, it may raise some concerns for the parents. That's precisely what Gemma and Ed Young thought as well. After paying a visit to the hospital, they discovered a brain tumor, according to the Daily Mail.

Tumour
One day, baby Jack started getting laughing seizures for up to seventeen hours a day. These 'gelastic' epileptic seizures were caused by a brain tumor called, hypothalamic hamartoma, a rare tumor that affects one in 200,000 people.

'It was a huge relief to know what was wrong with him, but so heartbreaking at the same time'

Relief
The benign brain tumor caused lots of trouble for Jack, as well as his family. Jack would regularly have difficulty breathing, and his family couldn't sleep because of the constant noise. "There was no break from it," his mom said in an interview. "The chuckle sound was constant, and for a long time we had no clue why."

"It was a huge relief to know what was wrong with him, but so heartbreaking at the same time to think he had gone through all of that."

'I want other parents to know there is light at the end of the tunnel'

Operation
Luckily, two years after his first chuckle, he got operated on June 16 of 2016. Jack's tumor got removed at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. The now four-year-old Jack hasn't had a seizure after his operation.

Gemma: "He's such a happy little boy now and is a real success story. He is such a cheeky little lad, with a great sense of humor, coming out with one-liners which make us all laugh."

"Hypothalamic hamartoma is so rare, and I want other parents to know there is light at the end of the tunnel, and things do get better. That operation changed Jack's life, and ours, and we are so thankful."



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