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Money Raised From 2004 Kids Day Fund-Raiser Already Providing Benefits

Posted March 14, 2005

— Children at WakeMed are the focus of a special day Tuesday called

Kids Day

. WRAL-TV and Mix 101.5 are among the key sponsors of an event to raise money for equipment and pediatric services at WakeMed. The money that was raised last year is helping kids today.

While 7-year-old Alex Parsons plays a video game, another video is aimed right at him. In a separate part of the hospital, Alex is being monitored using both video and EEG brainwaves.

A Kids Day fund-raiser last year at WakeMed paid for a neuro-monitor that will help doctors better treat his epilepsy. Doctors said seizures that send him into convulsions have increased, but they credit the equipment and technology for being able to help him.

Sometimes by looking at him, you cannot tell whether he is having a seizure, but the EEG brainwaves tell the real story.

"In Alex's case, there was probably a lot more seizures occurring than we thought, and that really helped us being much more aggressive in treating him with medication," pediatric neurologist Dr. John Wooten said.

The neuro-monitor also showed more medication helps Alex.

As part of Kids Day, proceeds from the sale of a special edition of the

News & Observer

will go directly to WakeMed Children's Emergency Department.

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