Two-year-old Jai Anstis has spent half his life enduring multiple seizures every day.
The Te Awamutu boy has been through hell and back, says his mum Jaimie Bowers-Anstis.
Jai was born a happy healthy baby, but at nine months he contracted herpes simplex virus.
“Rather than getting a cold sore, the virus went into his brain,” Jaimie says.
While at the hospital he also contracted encephalitis — a brain inflammation.
Jai now lives a life poles apart to most other two year olds.
He has a severe brain injury, developmental delays and refractory epilepsy — seizures that are not controlled with seizure medications.
Jai is also non-verbal and can’t attend daycare.
For the last year Jaimie