Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Baby Saved by Glue; Ormond Street Doctors Use Adhesive to Cure Brain Condition

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Baby Saved by Glue; Ormond Street Doctors Use Adhesive to Cure Brain Condition

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Byline: Anna Davis Health Reporter

DOCTORS at Great Ormond Street Hospital have saved the life of a critically ill baby with a pioneering treatment that used superglue to fix his rare brain condition.

Dafi Evans was born suffering from Vein of Galen malformation, which causes abnormal communication between the arteries and veins in the victim's brain.

Sufferers usually die within days of being born but experts at the London Hospital operated before he was even a day old and used a tissue adhesive known as Histoacryl -- similar to superglue -- to block the affected area of Dafi's brain.

He is now 16 months old and although he faces further operations, his parents and doctors are delighted with his progress.

His mother Catrin Evans, 32, said: "It's been a rollercoaster year but he's well and doing everything that he should, developing as he should. It's great. It's unbelievable."

Mrs Evans, from Talgarreg, west Wales, was heavily pregnant when she and husband Eilir were told their unborn baby had the condition. …

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