Skull-Expansion Surgery

Unlike most babies who have a soft spot in their skull so their brains can grow and develop, Layla was born with Apert syndrome, a genetic disorder that caused her skull to be prematurely fused together. She had her first skull reconstruction surgery when she was 24 days old to break the skull and remodel her forehead. Watch as plastic reconstructive surgeon Dr. Larry Sargent implants distractors in Layla's head that can be turned to gradually expand her skull.