Infant superglue VIDEO: Doctor treats brain aneurysm with superglue [PHOTOS]
An infant's life was saved after quick-thinking doctors used surgical superglue to treat an aneurysm in the baby's brain.
3-week-old Ashlyn Julian was at the University of Kansas Hospital when doctors discovered an olive-size aneurysm during an MRI scan.
The size of the aneurysm is extremely rare in children, according to neurosurgeon Dr Koji Ebersole. Doctors had to find small adult equipment to treat the condition as there was none sized for an infant's head.
However, Ashlyn, suffered a brain hemorrhage, which prompted doctors from several hospitals to find a way to treat the infant. Adults would typically undergo an open-skull surgery to operate on the aneurysm, but doctors did not want to operate on the infant and wanted to find a way to repair the damage from the inside.
Doctors used a tiny microcatheter which travelled from Ashlyn's right hip. The catheter was navigated into the her neck and next to the aneurysm using a brain imaging machine. Ebersole then deposited the surgical superglue to the blood vessel which sealed the blood vessel in seconds.
"It's literally the same compound as the superglue you'd find in the store," Ebersole said, according to SFGate.
The rare procedure, which took about 45 minutes, is believed to be the first to be used to operate on an infant's brain.
Ashlyn's parents thanked Ebersole for saving their daughter's life. "I can't express how incredibly lucky and graced we are," said Gina Julian.
Ashlyn is currently resting and will return to the hospital where the blood spilled by the aneurysm into the brain will continue to be drained.
Ebersole believes that the aneurysm will not affect Ashlyn ever again. "I think she's going to have a perfectly normal life," he said.
An explosion rocked the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people, authorities said, adding that they are investigating the blast as a criminal act not immediately linked to any terror organization.
Olympic runner Allyson Felix credits her faith for her success as an athlete.
- Sikh Woman Converts To Christianity After Praying To Jesus
- 3 Things Jesus' Death Teaches Us About Humanity
- I Was Kicked Out Of Turkey For Being A Christian
- Children Fleeing ISIS In Mosul Find Sanctuary
- Rick Warren: How To Respond When Someone Hurts You
- Why Practising Christian Mindfulness Doesn't Mean Turning Buddhist
- Why The Pope's Historic Trip To Sweden Is So Significant
- Will Christians And Muslims Be Able To Live Side By Side In Iraq After ISIS?
- Sexual Violence: Why Christians Have To Talk About It
- Ancient Papyrus Discovered In Israel Reveals Mystery Of King's Maidservant
- Christians And Muslims Join Forces In Pakistan To Save Nine-Year-Old Boy From Blasphemy Charge
- Young Iraqi Christian Girl Who Forgave ISIS 'Joyful' About Returning Home After Liberation
- Christianity Is In Danger Of Disappearing For Good From Iraq Even After Defeat Of ISIS
- 20 Chinese Christians Beaten And Couple Imprisoned For Hanging Cross In Home
- Ireland's Conservative Abortion Laws Could Be Liberalised