A Knoxville man is trying to convince his little sister to have a surgery that could change her life. We introduced you to Brittany Ball earlier this year. She has a severe form of epilepsy that causes multiple seizures each day, despite her medication.
Brittany has always been close to her older brother Jason Branam.
“I want her to have a normal life. I want her to see more of her friends. I want her to be able to hang out like I got to,” Jason said.
Brittany’s epilepsy is hard to control and her seizures are hard to predict.
“It’s just a roller coaster of medicine,” she said.
Her brother and mother want her to try another option – brain surgery.
“There’s a lot of risk. It’s very dangerous,” said Donna Ball.
That’s why Brittany has always been against it.
“I could be a vegetable. I could lose my speech. I could lose my hearing,” she said.
Her father sides with Brittany.
“It is just extremely scary,” said Dennis Ball.
Her brother asked recently if getting a million likes on Facebook would change Brittany’s mind.
Then he took it a step further, creating the page “Support for Brittany Ball.” Within just 20 minutes, it had 100 likes.
“I just started crying. I didn’t believe I would have this many people backing me up,” Brittany said.
Even if the surgery went smoothly, there’s only a 50/50 chance it would stop or significantly reduce her seizures. Still the Facebook page, with nearly 2,500 likes now, combined with a recent church service, have her seriously considering it for the first time.
“It motivates me more to have the surgery, think about it, research it,” Brittany said.
Her brother Jason says that’s a step in the right direction.
“I feel like if she sees a million people like the page, she’s not going to want to let them down. She’s actually going to go through with it,” he said.
If Brittany decides she wants to try brain surgery, she’ll have to go through extensive testing to make sure she’s actually a candidate. That’s when her brother says he’ll start fundraising. The family isn’t sure insurance will pay for the risky surgery.