Monday, 21 September 2015

Six-month old baby's brain growing through her face has urgent pioneering surgery to save sight

Young Kyra was born with the frontal encephalocele and faces complicated surgery to remove it so that she doesn't lose her vision

Kyra Deschene
Kyra Deschene with parents Andy and Jamie

A six-month old baby has to undergo risky surgery to remove part of her brain growing through her face.
The TLC documentary Body Bizarre follows tiny Kyra who was born nine weeks prematurely with a frontal encephalocele - a part of her brain growing out of her nasal area.
The medical team in Connecticut use a pioneering technique with a $400,000 3D printer, replicating Kyra's tiny skull so they can practice where they will make incisions during surgery.
Surgeons use 3D technology to figure out how to complete the complicated surgery
The reconstruction of Kyra's face is such a difficult procedure because it is on someone so small that they use three different versions of her skull to figure out how they will help her.
Medical staff are eager to remove the growth as it is threatening her sight but it's a worrying procedure for her parents as it carries so many risks.
Mum Jamie tells the cameras: "This kind of surgery scares me just in itself for any kid but for somebody so little, I think it's even worse."
Discovery CommunicationsKyra Deschene
Kyra Deschene was born with a frontal enencephalocele
Doctors spend two hours anaesthetising the tot before a team of 20 undertake the nine-hour surgery.
In the graphic scenes Kyra's face is pulled back as the surgeons remove the brain tissue and then try and graft a piece of bone onto her nasal area.
The medical team struggle with the delicate bones of the youngster's face and there's a major worry that they will not graft correctly.
Her parents face an agonising wait before they find out if the surgery is a success.
Also in the show is a Chinese woman who battles an ageing condition, three Filipino brothers who can never grow, an all-dwarf Brazilian soccer team, and a teen who only has half a body.

From Uk Mirror

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