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Departmental Doctors rally to save 'Baby Klaus,' born with massive head due to excess fluid build-up
 |  Monday Dec 20, 2010 | Share This Item

Sheri Burdine remembers the day she received the phone call from a woman named Ericka in El Paso, Texas, seeking help for Baby Klaus.

The 10-month-old had been diagnosed with hydrocephalus -- commonly known as "water on the brain" -- and his head had grown to three times normal size. Local doctors had sent him home to die, offering no further care.

"When they found me, the family was in turmoil," said Burdine, who is founder of Hydro Angels Over Texas, which provides support for those dealing with hydrocephalus. "I remember like it was today hearing that frantic, desperate voice. 'Please help my brother's family.'"

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