Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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After watching her daughter battle a life-threatening disease for 6 years, Midlands mother Jessica Caulder is fighting back through a fundraiser for hydrocephalus research.
It's a disease that causes fluid buildup, and is sometimes known as "water on the brain." There's no cure and Caulder wants to change that.
"It was the most gut-wrenching, scary thing I've had to deal with in my whole life," said Jessica.
Jessica remembers hearing the diagnosis when Emma was a little more than a year old.
The disease occurs when the body can't regulate the amount of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. If pressure is too high, or too low, symptoms appear.
"She'll be vomiting for a week, she gets lethargic, she gets migraines," said Jessica.
That's how the Caulders know it's time for Emma to get her shunt checked. It's a plastic tube that runs from her head to her stomach that helps her brain maintain the right pressure, while staving off more serious problems like blindness. It was a cutting-edge treatment in 1950.
"There has been no improvement since then," said Jessica.
So Jessica joined up with the Hydrocephalus Association to host a run this Saturday at Colonial Life Arena. She wants to raise $20,000 to research a disease that currently has no cure, but affects hundreds of thousands.
Caulder also hopes to meet more people who are dealing with the disease. She says there are no local hydrocephalus support groups to help those who've just been diagnosed.
The disease is the most common reason for brain surgery among children, but can also hit people who've had traumatic brain injuries.
"It's one of those things where at any moment, something could go wrong and I could lose my child," said Jessica.
Emma will need to monitor her hydrocephalus for the rest of her life, or at least until a cure is found that will make her feel as normal as she appears.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>