Eight-Year-Old Tanzanian Girl With A Large Brain Tumor Gets A New Lease Of Life In India

Himani Bhandari

New Delhi: An 8-year-old girl from Tanzania Ms Joyford Honest John, who was recently diagnosed with a rare cricket ball size cancerous brain tumor, got a new lease of life in India. Neurosurgeons at BLK Super Specialty Hospital performed a six-hour-long microsurgical complete excision of large brain tumor with Neuro Navigation.

“Joyford was admitted to the hospital with complaints of recurrent seizures, vomiting, aphasia, urinary incontinence, diminution of vision, and right-side weakness of the body. MRI BRAIN was suggestive of a large left frontal mass lesion with midline shift which was occupying more than half of the cerebral hemisphere with a tumor size of 8.7×8.6×7.8cm,” informed Dr. Anil Kansal, Director & HOD – Neuro Surgery & Neuro Spine in BLK Centre for Neurosciences.

“Brain tumors are rare in kids specifically and such large size tumors are rarest. In Joyford’s case, this highly vascular tumor presented several risks of surgery including the risk of paralysis of a limb or any other neurological deficit. Excess bleeding during surgery was also a major risk. With a thought-through process, we planned a microscopic resection of the tumor. Surgery was successful and post-operative patient was perfectly fine without any neurological complication, which was a major risk in this case. The tumor biopsy showed that the tumor was cancerous and patient underwent radiation therapy at the hospital,” elaborated Dr. Kansal.

“Once again, our team of highly skilled surgeons performed an advanced surgery to give a new lease of life to Joyford. We were confident to provide her best-in-class treatment and care. She was discharged after 7th day of surgery” added Dr Kansal.

“Initially, I thought she had some minor complications. But what we got from the investigations and diagnosis really scared us. We came to BLK Super Specialty Hospital and met Dr Anil Kansal and his team and they explained us her condition and further plan of treatment. Joyford was admitted in the hospital and doctors performed this rare surgery and saved my daughter’s life. We express our sincere gratitude towards Dr. Anil Kansal and team for giving a new lease of life to Joyford. Now her treatment is completed and we are going back to our native country tomorrow with a sense of peace and happiness,” said Janeth mother of Joyford.

According to experts, an ependymoma is a primary central nervous system (CNS) tumor. This means it begins in the ependymal cells in the brain and spinal cord that lines the passageway where the cerebrospinal fluid nourishes the brain flow.

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