10-12-2016 HEAD

The Boy Whose Skull Was Crushing His Brain

A BRAVE six-year-old boy whose head grew to double its normal size keeps on smiling despite undergoing numerous operations. Doctors doubted Daire Flanagan would survive, but the youngster is flourishing thanks to life-saving surgery to allow more space for his brain to grow. Daire, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, was born with Apert Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that means the plates of his skull fused too quickly while he was still in the womb. The syndrome, which affects around 1 in 100,000, means the baby's brain does not have the space to grow normally inside the skull, leading to an overlarge forehead, wide-spaced eyes, and sunken features.

Daire's story is the third episode in the new series of Body Bizarre, which airs on Thursday 13 October at 10pm on TLC UK.

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