Woman with failing shunt gets surgery in Tucson

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Successful surgery was performed on a young woman who was in excruciating pain due to an experimental shunt in her brain.

The doctor who performed the surgery five years ago on Carissa Galvez has since retired and no other doctor was willing to touch the shunt.

After 3TV first aired her story, people around the world wanted to help her.

This weekend, a Tucson doctor removed the valves of her shunt and replaced them.

Galvez's mother said her daughter is feeling better.

"Her eyes opened real wide and she started to cry and she said, 'My head is better,'" Daniella Galvez said after the surgery.
This is the first time Carissa has been pain free in more than a month.