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Grandmother's quick thinking saves toddler suffering aneurysms

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Family is certainly important, but it's not every day a loved one is credited with saving the life of a toddler with a rare condition that nearly ended a young life too soon.

The 3-year-old from Robbinsdale was born with a rare condition called AVM, and it's even more rare for it to surface in a young child. It's estimated 300,000 people across the country have the condition, but most don't realize it until it's too late.

Once AVM progresses, the survival rate is only 50 percent -- but doctors say this Minnesota tot is beating the odds thanks to her grandmother's quick thinking.

Like most kids her age, Kaylee Blankenship loves to color and recite her ABCs, but she wouldn't be alive today without the work of two surgeons at different hospitals.

Though they didn't know it at the time, Blankenship was born with a condition that stops the blood vessels in her brain from connecting like they should. Those vessels began to bleed when she was in the car with her grandmother last November. The little girl complained of a headache and then passed out.

Family members say the little girl was having difficulty breathing, and her grandmother quickly drove her to North Memorial Hospital, where a surgeon was able to relieve the pressure on her brain; however, when she was transferred to Children's Hospital, doctors told the Blankenships the girl may not survive the drive.

After three more surgeries and two months in the hospital, doctors now say Kaylee Blankenship will pull through. They were able to repair the AVM and she has recovered quicker than they could have imagined.

While she still has a few problems with her balance, her families believe their prayers have been answered even though there is a small chance the AVM could return.

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