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Health Beat: Glue to the rescue! Saving Lauren's life

By Melanie Falcon, Anchor / Reporter, @Melanie_Falcon, MFalcon@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 27 2013 09:29:27 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 27 2013 04:33:40 PM CDT

You may have heard of glue to keep a cut shut, but now doctors are using medical glue for all kinds of purposes.

You may have heard of glue to keep a cut shut, but now doctors are using medical glue for all kinds of purposes.

Blood was rushing in and it couldn’t get out. That’s what was happening inside one little girl' brain, but by the time doctors found out what was wrong, it was almost too late.

"You know, you love your kids so much," said Mark Lackey, Lauren's dad.

It’s painful for Mark Lackey to talk about the time he almost lost his daughter, Lauren.

"I kinda felt it, but I couldn’t explain it,” Lauren said.

Her mom said Lauren started writing down random letters while doing homework one night. Two days later, Lauren slipped into a coma. The blood flow out of her brain was mostly blocked, forced through a single channel below the surface of her face.

Dr. Roc Chen, a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, explained it was like an "eight lane highway driving through one lane."

On top of that, abnormal connections between vessels created short circuits in her brain.  The two problems caused severe swelling that could kill.

Open brain surgery could lead to a deadly bleed, so Chen snaked a catheter from her groin to her head, and with glue that’s sometimes used to help stop brain aneurysms from rupturing, he carefully sealed off the short circuits.

After the treatment, Lauren’s brain pressure started going down right away. 

"I felt really good. I felt normal," she said.

Now, she's back to normal and back with the ones who love her. 

"She's our little miracle child," her parents said.

It took two 5-hour treatments to seal off the short circuits in Lauren's head.

Meanwhile, Chen said the blood from Lauren's brain still drains through the vessel in her face, but with blood thinners, he said she can expect to live a long, healthy life.

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