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Alley Mae A second opinion leads to rare diagnosis for a Georgia baby.

As a first-time mom, Charla was concerned about a bump growing on the back of her 4-month-old daughter’s head, and mentioned it to the pediatrician. Charla never could’ve imagined that the bump she felt, first thought to be a fluid-filled cyst, would lead to a diagnosis of a rare brain tumor.

The bump on the back of Alley Mae’s head grew to the size of a golf ball before it was removed using an innovative new surgical approach.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital Jacksonville, Florida

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A friend recommended Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville to the Georgia mom. There, Charla and husband Blake met the Neuro-Oncology Center team who would be by her side through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Pediatric neurosurgeon Philipp Aldana, MD, recommended a newer procedure for Alley Mae, using fluorescence-guided neurosurgery only available at a few children’s hospitals in the country. In an 8-hour surgery, Dr. Aldana was able to remove the tumor while sparing normal brain tissue. While Alley Mae will need monitoring for a period of time, the Hilliards are relieved their daughter’s prognosis is excellent and that she has a second shot for a normal childhood.

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