Super glue credited in helping save baby's life

June 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM   |   Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 11 (UPI) -- Doctors in Kansas City, Mo., say they used super glue to save the life of a 3-week-old girl by stopping bleeding in her brain.

A team of doctors at University of Kansas Hospital, led by pediatric neurosurgeon Koji Ebersole, used the fast-drying and strong adhesive Wednesday to repair Ashlyn Julian's aneurysm, The Kansas City Star reported Sunday.

"I can't express how incredibly lucky and graced we are," the newborn's mother, Gina Julian, said. "I can actually breathe for the first time in a week"

Brain aneurysms in children are extremely rare because they typically develop over many years, Ebersole told the Star.

It took the medical team less than 45 minutes to complete the glue job once a catheter was inserted, the newspaper said.

Ebersole said the girl will probably never have a recurrence of bleeding from the aneurysm, though she will get a checkup in about six months.

"I think she's going to have a perfectly normal life," Ebersole said.

Jill Chadwick spokeswoman for the UK Medical Center, said the procedure was so rare Ebersole likely will never do it again. He does intend to write up the case for the medical community, she said.

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