At 4/20/09 05:07 PM, mooseisloose wrote:
what tells her to move her arms and breathe and shizz then? :s
Certain reflexive moves survive in the brain stem, such as blinking, vocalizing, breathing and swallowing. Kittens with anencephaly still cry, which makes some believe that they are suffering; but the ability to process pain and distress is one of the "Higher" functions of the brain, thank god.
But do not be too quick to right this child off. There's a little girl (I'll have to research her on google to get her name, current age and location) who survived without any brain; only the stem and cerebellum exist. She's keeping up well with other kids and is in normal classes; she just gets some special tutoring and physical therapy. Babies and children are extremely resilient; they can adapt with brain injuries and deformities that would turn an adult into Terry Shiavo.