Three-week-old Ashlyn Julian is recovering quickly in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., from a near fatal aneurysm that ruptured twice.
Doctors Koji Ebersole, endovascular neurosurgeon and assistant professor and Dr. Alan Reeves, interventional neuroradiologist and assistant professor, teamed up for the life-saving procedure.
First, Dr. Reeves gained access to Ashlyn’s tiny blood vessels near her hip. Once inside, Dr. Ebersole maneuvered a drop of sterile superglue to her brain using instruments the size of a pencil lead and human strand of hair.
Since 1949, medical history shows only 17 recorded cases of neonates (infant less than 4 weeks old) suffering a brain bleed. This is believed to be the first time superglue has been used to repair an aneurysm in a neonate. Dr. Ebersole expects Ashlyn to make a full recovery as her infant brain was not yet fully developed, and quite resilient.
Dr. Ebersole will talk about the surgery and answer questions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clinical Research Center, 1st floor Auditorium, Fairway Office Park, 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, Kan. The group is made up of patients, their families, caregivers and others. The public may attend.
- Story from the University of Kansas Hospital