By Taylor Lockard
Faith Jenkins, daughter of Tim and Ashley Jenkins of Louisiana, was born with hydrocephalus in 2016.
Hydrocephalus is when too much cerebrospinal fluid, the clear fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, accumulates in the brain, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and Medline Plus, a division under the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
While a normal amount of fluid is vital for healthy brain function, too much fluid causes harmful pressure, and if left untreated, can be fatal.
The usual treatment for hydrocephalus is inserting a shunt system through surgery, which causes the fluid to be redirected to a different area of the body where it can be absorbed.
A shunt is a “flexible but sturdy plastic tube,” according to NINDS.
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