‘My friends think the fact that I digest fluid from my brain is a bit weird but my quality of life is so much better,’ says 17-year-old Melissa Peacock, a rather normal looking teenage girl. Has the zombie epidemic finally broken out of the confines of some government barracks? Negative. But despite the fact that Melissa is very much alive and non-decomposing, she digests fluids from her brain daily. But why?
Melissa has a condition that causes her spine to create too much spinal fluid. At age 9, Melissa was diagnosed with intracranial hypertension. Spinal fluids literally leaked in her skull, causing excruciating and debilitating migraines that left the teen in bed for weeks. Doctors had drained her skull numerous times, even implanting tubes from her lower spine directly to her stomach to drain the fluids right from the source. But time after time, the tubes managed to shift.
‘I was a bit shocked when I realized exactly what the doctors were planning on doing,’ admitted the teenager. Melissa’s doctors surgically implanted a tube which drained her brain fluids directly into her digestive system. ‘I still get a dull ache when I wake up in the morning but as the fluid drains away, I start to feel a bit better,’ said the 17-year-old.