It's a dangerous condition for both adults and kids, but surgery to repair aneurysms is more dangerous in children. One doctor is taking some of the fear out of brain surgery for kids through a new, more minimally invasive procedure.
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Melissa Madeline: Three-year old Amanda Anderson is also known as miracle girl. Her parents took her to the hospital thinking she had the flu, doctors told them an aneurysm ruptured behind your eye and it was bleeding into her brain. Surgery was her only option. Shanna Anderson: It was nerve racking, we were just not sure there is still lot of unknowns at that point, was is going to be successful, was it going to fix the problem, will she going to have another bleed. We have to be aware that we could lose out little girl. Melissa Madeline: Dr. Robert Spetzler used a less invasive technique, removing a small piece of bone above the eye then going under the brain to fix the bulging blood vessel. Dr. Robert Spetzler: We took a little blood vessel that was not essential on the other half of the brain and cut the end of it in such a way that we could with tiny little suture, create a patch for where the aneurysm was and make that blood vessel hold again. Melissa Madeline: The approach lowered the risk of causing brain damage. Amanda bounced back quickly. Shanna Anderson: She brings so much joy to our life and is a miracle to us that she has been through this and just recover with such flying colors. Melissa Madeline: A little grow, who has a second chance to grow up. Shanna Anderson: Of course she is, now she is doing fabulous and doing great. Melissa Madeline: I'm Melissa Madeline reporting.

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