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Brain Surgeon Dr. Koji Ebersole to Address Aneurysm Support Group Tomorrow on Using Superglue to Save Infant’s Life

Published: 06/11/2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—  Three-week-old Ashlyn Julian is recovering quickly in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The University of Kansas Hospital from a near fatal aneurysm that ruptured twice.  Doctors Koji Ebersole, MD, 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.