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Aledo brain surgery survivor rehabbing in Texas

Jessie Hall, the Aledo girl who underwent surgery to remove the right half of her brain, has returned to Fort Worth.

Jessie, whose surgery was performed at John Hopkins’s Children’s Center in Baltimore, Md., will continue her rehabilitation at Cook Children’s Medical Center.

The 6-year-old had a hemispherectomy June 11 to treat a rare condition called Rasmussen’s encephalitis, which was destroying part of her brain. She will spend the next couple of weeks regaining strength and doing physical therapy.

Chris Hall, her father, said Jessie is doing well.

“All of her mental capabilities and her personality are back,” he said. “Hopefully we will get her walking soon.”

Chris and Kristi Hall have established the Jessie Hall Hemispherectomy scholarship fund to provide support to other children who undergo the surgery to stop severe, controllable seizures. Three children have received the scholarship, which helps with college tuition, vocational training and physical therapy. Information about the fund is available at

— Jan Jarvis