State: Torrance, CA
Facility: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
17-year old Courtney had her very first seizure back in October. After repeated tests, doctors found what appeared to be a mass in her brain. Needless to say, Courtney and her family were concerned, but she always kept a smile on her face. It took time to determine whether or not Courtney needed surgery, chemotherapy or high dose antibiotics (some doctors thought it was a parasitic infection). Surgery was an option; however, the location of the mass made it very risky. She was instead placed on a high dose antibiotic via a PICC line. The placement of the line was very difficult, taking up to an hour and the procedure itself was painful. Courtney was finally discharged and after weeks of treatment, was re-admitted after she began having a reaction to the medication. Although the mass has shrunk, it is still present. Her family was becoming frustrated – they just want to get some answers regarding her treatment. Despite these obstacles, Courtney remains positive and makes extra effort to keep up with her schoolwork. The medical staff at Harbor-UCLA is constantly impressed with her positive attitude and cheerful disposition.