In this health video learn how there's a new option for children who need brain surgery, and it doesn't involve any cutting at all.
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Jennifer Matthews: Kenny Tinsley and his mom love to play the board game Life, now that his own life isn't in jeopardy. A year ago, Kenny had an excruciating headache that left him in a coma for three weeks. The cause? A tangle of blood vessels in his brain. Veronica: They took him up for an MRI, and came back and told me he had a bleed on the brain. And then on, it was quite serious, and that he might not make it through the night. Jennifer Matthews: The malformation was so deep it was inoperable, so doctors suggested gamma knife treatment. The radiation treatment has been used on adults, but it's brand new for kids. Amanda Yaun: It's a very easy treatment for the children. They don't really experience any pain, any fear, any discomfort. Jennifer Matthews: While the patient lies still, 201 beams of gamma radiation connect on a target. They destroy the problem area without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. Kenny Tinsley: It's hard to believe that one sweep of gamma knife will fix it, but if it does, that really is a revolutionary way to get rid of it. Jennifer Matthews: Kenny had some brain swelling. And unlike surgery, which immediately removes a tumor, it take months or even years to know if the gamma knife works but it has a 90% success rate. Kenny Tinsley: I feel blessed. I feel lucky. I'm going to live my life to the fullest. Jennifer Matthews: His doctors are optimistic, and now Kenny's back to playing Life instead of fighting for it. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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