Leslie McGuire had central sleep apnea, a frightening disorder where the brain sometimes fails to send the body the signal to breathe. Luckily, he's one of the first Americans to receive a new implant -- a sort of pacemaker for his brain.
Does your child snore? Does your child show other signs of disturbed sleep: long pauses in breathing, much tossing and turning in the bed, chronic mouth breathing during sleep, night sweats (owing to increased effort to breathe)? All these, and especially the snoring, are possible signs of sleep apnea, which is commoner among children than is generally recognized.