Evans, Cyril Lewis
Cyril Lewis Evans 1882 - 1887
There is a small window in the back wall of the chapel that is dedicated to the memory of Cyril Lewis Evans, who died of hydrocephalus at the age of five. It is hard to imagine how that tragedy played out, the little boy dying in 1887.
Hydrocephalus (sometimes called water on the brain) can cause brain damage as a result of the fluid buildup. This can lead to developmental, physical, and intellectual impairments. It requires treatment to prevent serious complications. It is caused by Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) which flows through the brain and spinal cord in normal conditions. Under certain conditions, the amount of this fluid in the brain increases if there is a blockage that prevents it from flowing normally, or there is a decrease in the ability of blood vessels to absorb it, or if the brain produces an excess amount of it. Too much of this fluid puts the brain under too much pressure. This pressure can cause brain swelling, which can damage brain tissue. (Facts from: Healthline.com)
In the 1880s treatment for this condition was in its infancy, so it must have been a very difficult time for Cyril and his family.