Three years ago, things got pretty tense for little Ashlyn Julian. When she was just three weeks old, she had a seizure, and her brain started bleeding. That’s so rare in infants, only 17 cases in the world had been recorded in the last 65 years. Unless doctors could stop it, she would die. She was taken to The University of Kansas Hospital, where doctors came up with a plan never before tried on somebody so young. They maneuvered a drop of sterile medical superglue to her brain using instruments the size of a pencil lead and human strand of hair and placed the glue on the spot that was bleeding. It worked! This was the first time superglue had been used to repair a brain bleed in an infant so young. Ashlyn just celebrated her third birthday, and has made a full recovery.
In the video, Dr. Koji Ebersole, an endovascular neurosurgeon at The University of Kansas Hospital, explains why this is one of the most favorite stories of his career. He describes what happened and how the team worked together to solve the problem. He says using medical superglue is common, but had never been used in this way, and he and his colleagues are preparing to publish this in medical journals so doctors around the world can learn from the experience.
Gina Julian is Ashlyn’s mom. She says Ashlyn is a normal and pretty miraculous kid and she loves to do what most three year olds do. She also talks about how wonderful it was to have Dr. Ebersole and his own son come to Ashlyn’s third birthday party. The video also includes shots of Ashlyn from 2013 in the pediatric intensive care unit, and recent video of Ashlyn and her mom playing at a park.