Allie Barone is only six years old, but for the last couple years she'd been suffering from severe, adult-sized headaches.
Her parents took her to a specialist, where an MRI revealed that their daughter had a Type I Chiari malformation -- a disorder caused when a patient's skull is too small or too oddly shaped for the brain its meant to protect.
"Her brain stem was compressed and squished through the opening of the base of her skull, where the skull meets the spinal cord; it's supposed to be wide open," Stephanie Barone, Allie's mom, told Fox News. "When the spinal fluid couldn't get into her brain, that's why she had the headaches."
And while the condition can typically be treated with a simple surgery, Allie's ordeal was far from over.
The family traveled to the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for an operation that took 3-4 hours and, while there were a few hiccups, it proceeded mostly as planned.
After her initial operation, reports the New York Daily News, her parents were alarmed to find Allie's spinal fluid had begun leaking out of her incision. So she went back into surgery.
This cycle of surgery -- discover leaking spinal fluid and head back to surgery -- happened a total of three times, reports Fox News, before doctors discovered an oddly shaped vertebrae had been weakening the spinal cord's protective membrane, allowing fluid to leak out.
To her parent's relief, Allie's fourth bout of surgery proved successful. A Facebook page dedicated to Allie's drawings reports that the girl's energy has soared, that she's just started school, and that she's "having a blast."
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Olive Rutowski, Born At 23 Weeks
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Luz Milagros Veron, Once Sent To The Morgue
Luz Milagros Veron was born three months prematurely and doctors said she showed no signs of life. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/luz-milagros-veron-morgue_n_1761905.html" target="_hplink"><em>What her parents did to save her. </em></a>
Cohan Jones, One Pound At Birth
Doctors told Cohan's mom, Alex, that her daughter would be stillborn. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/04/uk-mom-stillborn-baby-alive_n_1647737.html" target="_hplink"><em>What happened when Cohan was delivered. </em></a>
Adam Cheshire, Born With Meningitis
When Adam was born, he was placed in a medical coma and doctors told his parents to prepare for the worst. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/adam-cheshire-meningitis-_n_1706529.html?utm_hp_ref=parents-babies" target="_hplink">Mom's miraculous act revived her son.</a>
Kenna Moore, Born Smaller Than A Soda Can
Kenna was born 24 weeks into her mother's pregnancy and weighed only 9.6 ounces. <em><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/12/kenna-moore-tiny-baby-home-from-hospital_n_1668107.html?utm_hp_ref=parents-babies" target="_hplink">What mom explained in her book. </a></em>
Ashlynn Flores, Stopped Breathing At 3 Months
One night, Ashlynn stopped breathing while her mom, Ashley, was feeding her. <em><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/22/ashley-sanchez-mom-saves-baby_n_1536670.html?utm_hp_ref=parents-babies" target="_hplink">How Ashley saved her daughter and doctors called her a hero.</a> </em>
Nicholas And Alexander Bolden, Born After Mom Stays On Respirator For A Month
Mom, Christine Bolden was brain dead from aneurysms, but doctors kept her on a respirator for a month so that her twins could develop. They were born prematurely at 25 weeks. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/23/nicholas-and-alexander-bolden_n_1446588.html" target="_hplink"><em>Christine didn't survive, but relatives said they'll "have something of hers."</em></a>
Ayden Vargas, Born To Kidney Transplant Recipient
Nilda Vargas learned that her kidneys were failing and was put on dialysis in 2008. Her disease meant she had a very small chance of becoming a mom. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/03/nilda-vargas-kidney-recipient_n_1181256.html" target="_hplink"><em>Family member donated kidney and Nilda gave birth in 2012.</em></a>
Harris Telfer, Born To Cancer Survivor
Madeleine Telfer beat cancer twice, but doctors told her she was infertile because of her treatment. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/madeleine-telfer-leukemia_n_1247563.html" target="_hplink"><em>She found out she was pregnant two later. </em></a>
Jamie Ogg, Pronounced Dead At Birth
Kate Ogg their delivered her son prematurely at 27 weeks. He was pronounced dead and his parents kissed him goodbye <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/09/jamie-ogg-back-to-life_n_1333297.html" target="_hplink"><em>Five minutes later, something miraculous happened. </em></a>