Rozlyn Abbott is a cute 3-year-old, inquisitive, impatient, lively.
As she sits and plays in a corner of the room, a casual observer wouldn’t even notice that she doesn’t have full use of the left side of her body. She used to. The daughter of Anne and Matthew Abbott, of Sidney, had been a normal baby, crawling and walking and climbing and grabbing and enjoying her big brother, Rylen, who is 8.
There was no indication that by the time she was 3, she would need to have part of her brain disconnected as treatment for a rare form of epilepsy.
“Two weeks after (her) second birthday, she had a major seizure out of nowhere,” her mother said recently. Doctors at Wilson Memorial Hospital sent the family to Dayton Children’s Hospital. The Abbotts were told there that the seizures were fibrile, convulsions brought on by a fever in infants and small children. According to Abbott, one in 100 children has such a seizure sometime during his lifetime. During the seizure, Roz became limp, stared into space and was not cognitive.