At nine months, a CAT scan revealed Charlie has schizencephaly, a rare brain disorder that causes physical and cognitive limitations, speech and language delays, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy. The scan also showed Charlie had suffered a stroke in-utero, likely in the first trimester, when brain development is kind of a big deal.
“Our little man had major brain damage,” Jenni recalled. Doctors told them not to expect much from Charlie, that it was pretty hopeless. Obviously, they didn’t know Jenni.