Brain surgery helps North Dakota teen injured by shotgun blast

Dr. Eric Nussbaum performed a delicate bypass procedure on 14-year-old Kaelan Macdonald after a shotgun pellet entered a tiny artery in the boy’s brain.

Dr. Eric Nussbaum performed a delicate bypass procedure on 14-year-old Kaelan Macdonald after a shotgun pellet entered a tiny artery in the boy’s brain.
Richard Tsong-Taatarii • rtsong-taatarii@startribune.com

[Star Tribune, Dec. 10, 2013] Dr. Eric Nussbaum, a neurosurgeon at United Hospital, St. Paul, has performed many bypass surgeries to reroute blood flow around clogged arteries in the brain.

But not when the blockage was a shotgun pellet.

That was the neurosurgeon’s challenge after a 14-year-old North Dakota boy, Kaelan Macdonald, was in a hunting accident that sent a stray pellet zipping between his left eye and eye socket to lodge inside an artery in his brain. Read the full story at startribune.com.

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