Parents of a seemingly happy child who "giggle" 17 hours a day were shocked to find that they had a really rare brain tumor.
When young Jack Young, from North Somerset in the United Kingdom, began to shake two weeks after his birth, parents Gemma and Ed thought he was an unusually happy child.
It turned out, however, that constant giggling is actually happening with "laughter" caused by hypothalamic hamartoma – a benign brain tumor.
"There was no breakdown, the giggling sound was constant, and for a long time we had no idea why," said Mum Gemma, 32 years old.
After two years of explosions that began from dawn to dusk, Jack had a ten-hour operation to eliminate growth.
And so strange fits stopped.
Physicians have explained how rare gelatic seizures usually occur in one of 1,000 children with epilepsy and include sudden energy eruptions – usually in the form of tears or laughs.
After Jack was born in May 2014, he began to giggle even in his sleep with explosions lasting from 30 minutes to 17 hours continuously.
"To be honest, we thought he was still so happy," Gemma said.
"It was a little laugh, but it seemed to go on and on, like a record of repetition.
"First of all, I was just a new mother trying to get into a new routine, but after two months, things were getting too much and we had to push Jack down to sleep in the end while holding his brother exhausted."
Only six weeks later, Jack's visit to Gemma had declared a health visitor he was concerned about Jack's giggle.
"I felt terribly aware that another baby was noticing in my baby, and as a mother it was the one who realized it," Gemma continued.
She immediately took Jack to look at the doctor who had given him ear, nose and throat specialists.
"At this time, none of us ever slept and I asked the doctor to do something," Gemma said.
"Sound was inexorable and unpredictable, it was hard to sleep because I did not know when the noise would be repeated."
Even an expert did not know what was going on – and so the family had a look at a neurologist at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
"Even a nurse in the hospital thought she was just laughing and was shocked to realize that his" laughter "was the reason we saw a doctor," Gemma said.
"People would tell us," Is not that a happy boy? "and he was a really happy little boy, but his laugh was not laugh, it was different. I had no idea what might be wrong with Jack, but I was afraid it would never stop."
Finally, after Jack performed MRI, his family received a diagnosis.
"The doctor said he had a hypothalamic hamartoma, which means he has a benign brain tumor that has the size of the must in the brain, causing gelatic seizures (the gelastic meaning of" laughter "in Greek).
"It was a great relief to know what was really bad with him, but at the same time heartbreaking that he thought it was all over.
"All his other areas of development were as amazing as his speech and understanding, but he was still laughing," Gemma said.
"It did not affect the fact that he would go for about six weeks, or he would go for one year – in fact, strangely, he could walk and laugh at the same time.
"He would go for his day as normal but also laugh."
Since op, Jack – now four years old – does not have a single laugh.
Although his parents admit that they can still nervously worsen when they naturally giggle – as often as he does in jokes in television cartoons – they are so grateful that he can live a normal life.
"The day after the surgery, we realized Jack did not smile once, which is a strange feeling," Gemma said. "We were sitting and we expected him to do it, but no, but when we heard him, it was amazing for the first time."
Gemma added: "He's such a happy little boy and it's a real success story.
"He is such a bitter little boy, with a great sense of humor, which comes with one-off flakes, all of us laughing.
"Hypothalamic hamart is so rare, and I want other parents to know that there is light and things are improving at the end of the tunnel." This operation changed the life of Jack and ours, and we are so grateful. "
This article originally appeared in the sun and was once again released with permission.