When A Sick Eight-Year-Old Went Into Surgery, He Had An Unusual Request For His Doctor

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Image: Twitter/P. Daniel McNeely

Dr. Daniel McNeely was set to helm eight-year-old Jackson McKie’s surgery. But as the duo made their way to the operating room, the patient had a one-of-a-kind request – and the doctor instantly made it happen.

Image: Facebook/Rick McKie

Jackson McKie was used to visiting the hospital – the eight-year-old had hydrocephalus, which was once known as “water on the brain.” That description is a slight misnomer, though, since an excess of cerebrospinal fluid, not water, is what affects the organ.

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It’s that excess fluid that causes all of the problems, expanding the brain’s ventricles and putting undue pressure on the rest of the organ’s tissues. A person can develop hydrocephalus at any age, although about one of every 1,000 newborns come into the world with the condition.

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