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Bixby Student Undergoes Brain Surgery, Part Of Medical Breakthrough – FOX23 News


BIXBY, Okla. – A Bixby middle schooler is part of a medical breakthrough after undergoing minimally invasive brain surgery. This is the first time that a child has benefited from this type of treatment.

Crews Hobby just completed 6th grade. He loves all sports, including basketball.

He also enjoys four-wheeling. In November, he crashed his mountain bike, bruising his heart and lungs, fracturing a rib and causing a small brain hemorrhage that doctors said would heal on its own.

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“I lost control of my steering and rolled into a ditch, and I think I rolled over and hit a tree,” Crews said.

Within days of returning from Arkansas Children’s Hospital, he began having what his family called “silent seizures.”

“I just remember being moved around the whole hospital,” Crews said.

His family say it was a scary ordeal.

“He was having absent seizures, kind of absent seizures, he was just going blank, he was doing this and not really responding,” his grandmother said.

He was put on an anticonvulsant but the following week things got worse. The cerebral hemorrhage had grown. He was rushed to OU Health. Dr. Hakeem Shakir became the lead physician on Crews’ case.

“The unique part of this case is really what we did to treat it,” Dr. Shakir said.

Dr. Shakir placed a specially designed stent over the aneurysm to keep blood flowing through the vessel in his brain rather than going to the aneurysm. The procedure did not require intense brain surgery. Instead, they chose a minimally invasive route for the first time on a child, doing Oklahoma’s medical history.

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“We entered through his radial artery, so his wrist, through a small puncture site. I was able to crawl through a small catheter or hollow tube and reach the aneurysm and deploy a special type of stent,” Dr Shakir said.

The procedure has significantly reduced crew recovery time. Months to days and hours. Dr. Shakir and his staff were amazed at the follow-up.

“No incisions, no scars on his head or his skull, none of those things that would have been done years and years ago. 15, 20 years ago, what I did wouldn’t be on the table, wouldn’t be considered probable,” Dr. Shakir said.

Crews is hoping to overcome another hurdle and that is playing football. Although Dr. Shakir hasn’t completely taken it off the table, there’s still a long way to go before you can play any contact sport. Everyone is so thrilled with her recovery and excited about medical advances. He will have another visit where Dr. Shakir will return to check the blood flow in his brain vessels.



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