At least 50 % of the neurons in her mind were missing, but she still possessed considerable motor abilities for having no cerebellum. Instead of a normal cerebellum, she acquired a pocket of empty space filled up with cerebrospinal fluid. The fluid acts just like a cushion to defend her brain against disease. The doctors were astounded by the plasticity of the girl brain and the coordination that she still had even though the cerebellum was missing. This case may be the ninth recorded in medical history. Those with the rare condition usually die early, and the missing cerebellum is situated in autopsy. ‘These rare circumstances are interesting to comprehend the way the brain circuitry works and compensates for missing parts,’ stated Mario Manto, a brain researcher from the French-language Free University of Brussels in Belgium.‘This is the second wake-up call for Canada,’ says Debbie Benczkowski, CEO of the Alzheimer Society. ‘Globe governments, including Canada, are unprepared for the impending crisis unless we start acting now woefully.’ The World Alzheimer Statement 2010 comes on the heels of the Society’s own survey, Rising Tide: The Influence of Dementia on Canadian Culture, that premiered last January. ‘Today’s launch validates the results of our Canadian research and is consistent with suggestions we presented to the Federal Wellness Minister last January for a thorough National Dementia Technique,’ explains Scott Dudgeon, Rising Tide’s lead author.