AT just seven years old, Brendan Stones has already had four strokes. And each time, the brave young boy from Grahamstown has fought his way back to health.
Brendan has Moyamoya disease – a condition so rare that it is estimated to occur in only one in every 300000 children. It is a condition in which certain arteries to the brain are constricted, resulting in blood flow being restricted.
“It is so rare in South Africa that there is only one neurosurgeon – Dr Llewellyn Padayachee – who has specialised training in this disease, and he has operated on only 20 Moyamoya cases in the last seven years,” Brendan’s father Tim Stones said. – Estelle Ellis
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