Surgeons in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania removed 1/6 of a young boy’s brain in Pennsylvania due to a benign tumour causing him seizures intermittently.
The portion removed was supposedly responsible for seeing and visual processing of information, the occipital lobe around the right hemisphere of Tanner Collin’s brain.
The most probable situation was that he would have been blind and unable to see anymore.
However to the shock of many, 5 years afterwards not only can Tanner see, his left brain took over much of the tasks that were originally responsible for by the part of his brain that was cut off!
Scientists have attributed some of Tanner’s brain recovery to the Brain’s Neuroplasticity and finally discovered that the brain continues to develop until 25 years of a human’s lifespan.
As Tanner was about 7 years at the time, it was so much easier for his brain to recover easily and now scientists seek to explore a lot more about the Neuroplasticity of the human brain and all the intricacies and limitations involved.