God has an answer to every problem; in this case, it was super glue!
As a mother, it is one of the worst things to hear that her baby may not survive. It is devastating to lose a child, but the pain is excruciating to wait and wonder if your child will survive. When medicine has no answer to a problem, God has his way of answering, and to Gina Julian, God’s answer to save her little baby was ‘super glue.’
Gina’s daughter Ashlyn was just three weeks old when she suffered a seizure. Her doctors determined she had had a stroke, and she was bleeding in her brain. The bleeding was caused by an aneurysm, and if it ruptured again, the results would be fatal. Aneurysms are very rare in infants, and there has been no case as young as Ashlyn until now.
At the University of Kansas, Ashlyn’s doctor Dr. Koji Ebersole needed to figure out how to save Ashlyn before she suffered another seizure. His medical tools were too big for her teeny-tiny capillaries, and hence, surgery was not an option. Dr. Ebersole came up with a solution, ‘superglue’ to stop the blood from seeping in. Several questions were raised, will the super glue work? Will it dissolve or remain there permanently? Will Ashlyn survive?
Through a small catheter, Dr. Ebersole sent a glob of super glue into three-week-old Ashlyn’s brain, and she was kept in the ICU for 28 days. Five years later, Ashlyn is like any other five-year-old, playful, and curious to know new things. The infant who made headlines as ‘super glue baby’ five years back is not a cheerful, witty girl who does not know who the ‘super glue baby’ is.