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DURHAM, North Carolina (WNCN) -A pioneering doctor at Duke Hospital went to radical lengths to save the life of a then 20-year-old college student from South Carolina, stricken with one of the most aggressive forms of brain tumors.

Stephanie Lipscomb's mom noticed something was wrong with her daughter in June 2011.

"We couldn't get rid of the headaches no matter what we tried," Lipscomb said. She went to a local hospital to get it checked out, but what doctors found was completely unexpected.

"It was Glioblastoma, stage four," Lipscomb said. "This isn't supposed to happen to me. I'm only 20."