Doctors Use Superglue to Save Baby With Brain Aneurysm
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When three-week-old Ashlyn Julian suffered an aneurysm, doctors had to get creative. Aneurysms in babies this young are so rare tools small enough to perform surgery don't exist. Doctors also worried that cutting into the infant's brain might cause her to lose too much blood. The solution? To use a drop of superglue to fix the aneurysm. Because Ashlyn was bleeding in two parts of her brain, doctors decided the risk was worth it.

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When three-week-old Ashlyn Julian suffered an aneurysm, doctors had to get creative. Aneurysms in babies this young are so rare tools small enough to perform surgery don't exist. Doctors also worried that cutting into the infant's brain might cause her to lose too much blood. The solution? To use a drop of superglue to fix the aneurysm. Because Ashlyn was bleeding in two parts of her brain, doctors decided the risk was worth it. Using instruments the size of a pencil lead and a strand of hair, they were able to enter her blood vessel and deliver a lifesaving drop of superglue to her brain --- welcome news to her parents. SOUNDBITE: Gina Julian, mother of Ashlyn Julian saying: "It's like you can actually breathe finally for the first time in a week. Endovascular Neurosurgeon Dr. Koji Ebersole says it will probably take several days to drain fluids from her brain but she is expected to make a full recovery.