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Sometimes the actual explanations doctors give are not wisely worded, and confuse people, who hear something different from what is intended.
This situation sounds confused. Seizures are not uncommon and can have a variety of possible causes. One lasting 20 minutes is more unusual.
Maybe the doctor meant that there were some signs of possible brain damage on one side of her brain ( which, again, could have a whole range of possible causes ).
The effects of brain damage or scaring depends on how much brain is affected and WHERE in the brain this is, as different areas of the brain have different specialized functions. Damage to some areas, such as parts of the frontal lobes, may make one more impulsive and less cautious when choosing one's actions.
Normally, abortion does NOT cause brain damage or subsequent seizures, unless soemthing goes wrong with the procedure such as anaesthetic problems.
Its not clear from yopur message whether your sister or your mother had an abortion ; but presumably the sister was not born as the result of a botched or failed abortion attempt.
You don't mention your sister's age, but if she is old enough to have had an abortion, she is adult.
If brain damage occurred as a result of some disaster or error during an abortion procedure she underwent ( and which might have followed any minor operation or anaesthetic procedure ), it would surely be complete - one would not generally expect it to extend or grow worse, which the story about "ending up" as mentally handicapped or disabled, implies.
If she had a brain tumour at the age of 3, that would probably have been removed at the time, or at least would have received major treatment, and that would have been a typical cause of possible brain damage, far beyond any risk of an abortion.
As Anon2 says, paying for a procedure which someone else may have decided to undergo is not equivalent to FORCING them to have that surgery.
I'm also dubious about the bit you found about abortion and seizures. Always be sceptical about material you find on the internet, and check carefully the bona fides of the source - for instance, there are some people who are fanatically opposed to abortion for any reason whatever, and they may produce websites giving biased or even invented information to support their arguments. Thinking about an abortion could NEVER cause a seizure. being very upset, for good or bad reasons, about anything at all might possibly increase the risk of a seizure in someone with epilepsy which isn't under full control of medication.
It sounds as though the neurologist ( the appropriate specialist to consult here ) was clear that she no longer has the brain tumour ( or, presumably any recurrence of it ) but correctly seems to have said that brain surgery may leave scars which may later become a focus for causing epilepsy.
Illusions are not usually a part of epilepsy, though some odd experiences may arise just before a fit, and caused by the growing electrical storm.
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