Doctors Use Super Glue to Repair Baby’s Deadly Brain Condition
July 23, 2010
(Chattahbox) – Joely Finkelstein was a charming baby girl, who, along with her twin brother Jared, seemed perfectly healthy.
That is, until her head started growing rapidly. Her panicked parents rushed her first to an MRI, then to the emergency room when they learned she had a “severe defect” in her brain. Joely was born with a problem in her vein of Galen, an important blood vessel in the brain. When the veins enlarge due to the misdirected blood flow, her cerebrospinal fluid (the same stuff they sample in a spinal tap) gets trapped and eventually causes her head to enlarge, too. The condition is called hydrocephalus, meaning water-brain, and it can be pretty scary. In the past, Joely would only have had about a 5% chance to see her first birthday.
But the times are changing, and Dr. Berenstein has dramatically improved the little girl’s chances. The specialist inserted a small tube in an artery in Joely’s groin and snaked it all the way up to the vessels in her brain, where he then applied super glue to the misdirected vessels. Both the doctor and parents noticed an immediate change in her after the surgery. Life looks happily optimistic for baby Joely and her family.