Life with Half a Brain – Karley’s Story

Today, September 22nd, 2016, is Karley Miller’s 1 year ‘Hemiversary’. A year, since she bravely underwent a risky operation called a Hemispherectomy that would take out half of her brain.

At the age of 17, after enduring a childhood full of severe epileptic seizures and drugs to manage the condition, she was given a new lease on life. Karley had half her brain removed in a miraculous (and risky) procedure. She made a full recovery following the operation and now lives a life free of the seizures that held her captive for 17 years.

In January 2016, Karley’s mum, Nikki, wrote to The Sebastian Foundation, sharing Karley’s desire to become a Photographer. The Sebastian Foundation and Karen Alsop of Story Art collaborated to provide Karley with the most incredible work experience you could imagine…

This is Karley’s Story…


THANKYOU to every person and company who made this project possible: Adam Cubito | Karen Alsop and The Alsop Family | Story Art by Karen Alsop | Guy and Jules Sebastian | Dino, Lisa, Mira and Marco at Accor Plus | Lisa Walker at Canon Australia | Peter John from Shot By Peter John |Jerry Ghionis and Melissa | Sue Bryce Photographer and her team | Rick Rose | Zach Sutton | Ben Von Wong | Sussan Mourad | Laurie Rubin and | Colin Smith | Brian Bird | Wacom Australia | Tether Tools | Canson Infinity | Kayell Australia | Bernie Finlay | Jamie Gray | Michelle Dever at Virgin Australia | All of the photographers and companies who contributed to the Digital Heart Pack | Brooke Shaden | MOPA San Diego | Westcott | The staff at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills | The staff at Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour | The Wog With The Grog | Michelle at | Ritchie at Lot 31 Cowra | The Miller Family | The Cowra Community who attended Karley’s debut exhibition

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