Teenager Must Drink Own Brain Fluid to Survive

Melissa Peacock, 17, has crippling headaches because of a rare medical condition in which her body produces too much spinal fluid. To relieve pressure on her brain, doctors hooked up a tube up to drain the excess fluid directly into her stomach:

Doctors punctured her skull to drain the fluid nine times but, when the fluid returned, they decided on a more drastic operation.

‘I’ve got a lot of scars on my head from various operations – but I try to make sure my hairstyle always covers them up,’ said Melissa.

Surgeons twice tried to attach a tube from her lower spine to her stomach but both times the tubes shifted.

They then decided to insert a permanent tube directly into her brain.

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