March 15, 2013
Brian Boyle was born with craniosynostosis, a birth defect that causes one or more sutures (soft spots) on a baby's head to fuse earlier than normal, altering the growth pattern of the skull. When he was just 5 weeks old, Brian underwent his first of five surgeries at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Surgeons Linton A. Whitaker and Scott P. Bartlett from CHOP's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery essentially took apart the bones surrounding Brian's brain and the upper part of his face, and restructured his skull, allowing room for his brain to expand. It was a long and difficult process, but Brian recovered well and went on to become a student-athlete at the University of the Sciences.