Under the procedure, a small hole was drilled and a 200 mm tumor was extracted from the young child’s brain
Under the procedure, a small hole was drilled and a 200 mm tumor was extracted from the young child’s brain. PHOTO: EXPRESS
KARACHI: For the first time in the country’s history, the life of an 11-year-old boy, who has a 10 cm tumor in his brain, was saved using a highly sensitive and complex stereotactic neurosurgery technique performed at a private hospital in Karachi.
Stereotactic neurosurgery is a form of surgical intervention that places small targets inside the skull using a three-dimensional coordinate system and performs several types of procedures on them.
Under the procedure carried out at the Neurospinal and Cancer Care Institute (NCCI) in Karachi, a small hole was drilled in a child’s brain and a 200 mm tumor was extracted through a syringe.
Dr Sattar Hashim, a well-known neurosurgeon and specialist in highly sensitive stereotactic neurosurgery, told The Express Tribune on Saturday about the first treatment of its kind that saved the lives of young Sahayan, who suffered from severe headaches.
Doctors in various hospitals recommend open brain surgery which is an expensive procedure and the child’s family cannot afford it.
Seeing their children’s sadness, the family posted Shayan’s photo with details of his illness on social media sites, asking for help.
Subsequently, Dr. Adnan Majeed from the Bait-ul-Mal Karachi with the help of other philanthropists approached the management of NCCI and got an 11-year-old child hospitalized.
Professor Sattar Hashim said NCCI Hospital management treated Shayan for free on behalf of the M Hashim Memorial Trust and he is now fully respected from the deadly disease.
He said after surgery, the child’s eyesight and ability to identify family members and other objects were restored, which was affected by the tumor.
Dr Sattar said that open brain surgery can be avoided with the help of stereotactic techniques, which only treat areas affected by the brain.
Shayan’s mother told The Express Tribune that her husband, Farooq, is a pedicab driver in a professional manner and that his family faces great difficulties because of the boy’s illness.
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