Flash in Real Life

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DOING A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC story on the human brain, I met three-year-old Jody Miller, who I came to call “goose,” and her amazing parents, Lynn and Al. Jody had a rare syndrome called Rasmussen’s Encephalitis. She was having over 150 seizures a day, and they were overtaking her tiny body. The only way to save her life was to perform a radical, dangerous surgical procedure called a hemispherectomy. They were going to remove the right half of her brain.

There’s no place I feel more like a bull in a china shop than in an operating theater. I’ve shot dozens and dozens of surgeries, from heart transplants to hip replacements ...

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