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Patient Care Press Coverage

After Four Brain Surgeries, 17-year-old Continues to Win at Chess and Inspire

Seizures and surgeries became common in Griffin’s young life, but chess remained a constant

Author The Denver Post | Publish Date November 1, 2021

Back on Feb. 25, competing in a chess tournament was only a hope for Griffin McConnell, now 17, of Golden. Doctors had just finished his second hemispherectomy, a procedure that disconnects the left and right side of the brain and causes some paralysis. The brain surgery was Griffin’s fourth since being diagnosed at age 5 with epilepsy.