Friday, July 22, 2016

Muskeg Lake girl to throw out first pitch at Blue Jays game

 Jason Warick, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

   Bella Lafond Arcand survived radical brain surgery in 2013 to relieve her dozens of daily seizures. She was discharged Wednesday from another hospital stay when her mom told her they were stopping for ice cream.
   When they arrived at the Dairy Queen in the Rosewood neighbourhood, the 11-year-old walked in and saw family, friends and a crowd of media. A store official told her she’d been picked to attend an upcoming Blue Jays game and throw out the first pitch.
   Bella, herself a baseball player and fan, appeared a bit shy before smiling and laughing. She put on a Jays jersey and cut a large cake before posing for pictures.
“It’s really great,” she said.
   The trip will be a welcome relief, her mom said. Bella’s 2013 surgery lasted eight hours. Surgeons effectively disconnected the left hemisphere of her brain in an attempt to stop the seizures. She had to learn to walk again and perform other basic tasks. The surgery did eliminate many of the seizures, but they’ve since returned, to a lesser degree.
   “We’re just dealing with that now,” Lafond said...

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