SOFTBALL: Cross leads softball fundraiser for Hydrocephalus Association
by Robin Stevens, Contributing Writer -- Email News
Jul 11, 2012 | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Hannah Cross, pictured before last year’s Trigg County High School Prom just after surgery for hydrocehpalus, is leading a fundraising effort for the Hydrocehpalus Association that includes a men’s softball tournament Saturday at the Recreation Complex.</i>
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Hannah Cross, pictured before last year’s Trigg County High School Prom just after surgery for hydrocehpalus, is leading a fundraising effort for the Hydrocehpalus Association that includes a men’s softball tournament Saturday at the Recreation Complex.

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If it hadn’t been for the haircut, most of the kids at school would have never known. The super short cut was pixie-cute on Hannah Cross, but out of character at the beginning of her junior year of high school last year.

At first, with every comment about how cute it was, she’d launch into an explanation. After awhile, she dropped the explanation and just said, “Thanks.” The reason for the hair makeover was just too complicated.

The daughter of Kelly and Chad Ahart, Hannah was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at the age of two. Hydrocephalus is the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the cavities of the brain. In babies and young children, the first indication of hydrocephalus is usually an enlarged head. During a routine well-child visit, Hannah’s doctor noticed her head was larger than it should have been.

“I always wondered why they measured her head at every visit,” Kelly said. “That’s one of the things they’re checking for.”

The doctor wasn’t too concerned, but a precautionary CAT scan found unexpected results: hydrocephalus. Left untreated it can cause severe brain damage and death.

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