Kathleen Torres, 29, from Grafton, Ohio, noticed the unusual shape of her son Caleb’s head after he was born, but dismissed it as bruising from the delivery.
The mom-of-four saw that the back of his skull was elongated and rectangular, while his forehead was pointed – just like a pizza slice.
Nine-month-old Caleb Torres, from Grafton, Ohio, was born with an unusual shape head which doctors later confirmed was craniosynostosis
Doctors revealed he needed life-saving surgery to reshape his head or risk permanent brain damage (a CT scan showing the shape of Caleb’s skull before surgery)
The condition caused bones in Caleb’s skull to fuse together before his brain had chance to fully grow
She hoped his unusually shaped head would even out over time, but decided to take him for tests after another mom told Kathleen that her son was suffering with the same kind of symptoms.
At four months old, Caleb was diagnosed with craniosynostosis – a condition where the bones in the skull fuse prematurely before the baby’s brain has had chance to fully grow.
Doctors feared that if they didn’t perform surgery to reshape her son’s head he could be left with permanent brain damage.
Three months ago, neurosurgeons operated on Caleb, where they cracked open his skull, shaved away part of the bone and pieced it back together again just like a jigsaw puzzle.
Now, apart from an s-shaped scar across the top of his head, Caleb, who is nine-months-old, has made a full recovery and it’s believed he will not need any more surgery.
For his skull to grow correctly, surgeons needed to make a cut along his head, break his skull down, shave away part of the bone and then put it back together again – like a jigsaw puzzle (Caleb pictured during recovery)
Caleb went from having a pizza slice shaped head to having a normal shaped head after surgery where his skull was broken apart and pieced back together like a jigsaw puzzle
Here is Caleb in hospital recovering from his surgery to break open his skull and piece it back together like a jigsaw puzzle. He has the condition craniosynostosis where the bones in the skull fused prematurely
Caleb went from having a pizza slice shaped head to having a normal shaped head after surgery where his skull was broken apart and pieced back together. The scar is like a continuous s-shape
Kathleen, a full-time mom, said: ‘It was concerning at first, his head was shaped differently to a lot of other babies, at first we just thought it bruising from the delivery and it would round itself out on its own.
‘It looked like a slice of pizza because his head was more rectangular at the back and it came to a point at the front.
‘Instead of being rounded at the back it was long and knobbly, we used to call him ‘our Phineas baby’, the name of his favorite cartoon character who had a pizza shaped head too.
‘We kept waiting for it to round itself out, but it never did.
‘Then I went to a night out for home-schooling moms and there was a lady whose baby’s head looked just like my son’s.
‘When I spoke to her about it, she asked me if we had a diagnosis yet and I was puzzled.
‘She began to explain about craniosynostosis and that my son would most likely need surgery to break the skull apart and fix it again.