Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Three-Year-Old Boy Sleeps For First Time

At three years old, Rhett Lamb was awake nearly 24 hours a day, and his condition baffled his parents and doctors for years. They took clock shifts watching his every sleep-deprived mood to determine what ailed the young boy.

Rhett's parents finally found out what was wrong with him. He was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called chiari malformation. In order to relieve the pressure on Rhett's brain stem, doctors performed surgery last week that they hoped would allow him to sleep properly for the first time in his life.

And the results...The surgery appeared to have worked, Rhett’s father, David, said Thursday. "Last night, we didn’t wake up," David Lamb said. "It was amazing."

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