• STV
  • MySTV

Baby's skull taken apart and pieced together 'like jigsaw'

Alana Brownie's seventh-month-old son Fraser was diagnosed with a extremely rare condition.

By Laura Alderman

A mum has praised doctors who took her baby son's skull apart and pieced it back together "like a jigsaw" after he was diagnosed with a rare condition.

Alana Brownie's seventh-month-old son Fraser was born with scaphocephaly - a condition which causes the skull to grow abnormally.

Scaphocephaly affects around one in 5000 babies and if left untreated can cause brain damage and learning difficulties.

The mum from Aberdeenshire, who has two other sons, told STV News: "He [Fraser] was delivered hand first. It was rather painful.

"When he came out I noticed he had a funny-shaped head and I thought it was the way he was delivered.

Alana Brownie's son Fraser's skull was put back together.
Alana Brownie's son Fraser's skull was put back together. STV

"His forehead was really prominent and stuck out far forward, and a narrow-shaped head where it looked like a rugby ball."

Because scaphocephaly is so rare, doctors failed to diagnose it initially. But Alana was convinced something wasn't right and began searching for answers online.

"It was very frustrating," Alana said. "It actually took over my life, every spare minute I had I was googling or searching for advice and help to get the correct way forward."

After getting in touch with another mother whose son suffered the condition, she was recommended a surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

Fraser's operation lasted four hours.
Fraser's operation lasted four hours. STV

The surgeon immediately diagnosed Fraser and two months later he underwent a gruelling four-hour operation to repair and remould his skull.

"There was a lot of risks involved and I was in a bit of a mess on surgery day," Alana said. "It was the longest day of my life.

"They removed his back section of skull, then they put it into pieces basically and rebuilt it again, making his head wider.

"They then took off his forehead, they sorted his forehead out and stitched him back up."

But Alana said she could see the difference immediately.

"It was like looking at a different baby," she said. "I can't thank the surgeons enough for what they did to fix Fraser.

"They've just changed my life,they've changed Fraser's life. They're seriously skilled professionals."

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.