ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A 16-month-old girl from Connecticut had a life-saving surgery performed at St. Louis’ Cardinal Glennon Medical Center last Friday.
Jillian Bukowski collapsed at her grandparents’ home in October. When she collapsed several more times over the next couple of days, doctors found Jillian had a complex aneurysm that was not allowing blood to flow to the left side of her brain.
Jillian’s parents and doctors got opinions from several experts around the world and decided to have her undergo a 12-hour surgery by Dr. Abdulrauf at Cardinal Glennon Medical Center.
During the surgery, doctors bypassed the aneurysm and trapped it, which essentially cured Jillian. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Officials from Cardinal Glennon say the specific surgery is believed to be the first performed on a child as young as Jillian.