Lubbock Mom Raises Awareness about Hydrocephalus

Ten year old Haley Vogeler has Hydrocephalus, a very common but little known condition affecting the brain and her mother Cheyanna wants to inform the masses about it

Hydrocephalus is a condition where cerebral spinal fluid collects in the brain causing too much pressure to build up.

1 in every 500 babies is born with it, including Lubbock's Haley Vogeler.

Haley had a procedure when she was 4 months old to fix a grown together soft spot but 6 years later Haley began complaining of earaches and her mother, Cheyanna Voegeler, said she took her to hospital.

"On the second day Dr. Mag and Jodie came in and said she had hydrocephalus and they were going to put a shunt in."

Nurse practitioner, Jodie Archer, says a shunt is the most common form of treatment for hydrocephalus.

"(It's) is a simple drainage device that drains the fluid from your brain either to your belly, your plural space in your lungs or even into your bloodstream. If we don't treat that fluid and take it out it damages the healthy brain tissue surrounding it."

There are different symptoms for each person with hydrocephalus and Cheyanna Vogeler said Haley will have to live with some discomfort for the rest of her life.

"She has headaches constantly, I mean, it's something she's going to have to deal with. She has some delays, she does occupational therapy and physical therapy because she's behind."

Cheyanna Vogeler put Haley in private school so she wouldn't be bullied.

"And they're very good with her over at Lubbock Christian. They make sure if she has a headache they let me know, they don't usually let her do P.E. They keep a really good eye on her and they make sure she is taken care of."

Lubbock Christian School supports Haley.

They had a Hydrocephalus Awareness theme for their pep rally on Friday and fans and staff wore blue to support Haley at the football game.

If you want to learn more about Hydrocephalus or you would like to donate to research you can visit www.hydroangelsoveramerica.org

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