Ethan Mair, 2, from Gosport in England, has recovered from a rare condition that causes an infant's skull to fuse before birth. When children are young, there are gaps in their skulls to allow for growth; kids with craniosynostosis, what Mair had, can develop severe headaches, among other problems. Mair recently went through a serious operation that cracked his skull open and then pieced it back together.
When he was 3 months old, Mair's doctor said that he seemed to have an odd-shaped head. Not long after he mentioned his worries to his mother, Ashlea, did Mair begin to have eyesight problems—he couldn't focus on anything, his mom remembered.
When he was just over a year old, Mair went into surgery. After five hours on the operating table, and enough blood loss to warrant a full-body blood transfusion, the little boy came out of the ordeal healthy and recovered. Left untreated, craniosynostosis can also lead to brain swelling, as well as speech and mobility problems.