Surgeon fights to save boy
AUSTRALIAN neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo has operated on a four-year-old boy from the UK who has a deadly brain tumour that was considered inoperable.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma is the deadliest of all brain cancers as it forms in the brain stem, which controls bodily functions such as breathing and heart rate.
Children diagnosed with DIPG are given nine to 12 months to live.
Mikolaj Barman was diagnosed with DIPG on September 20, and the family crowdfunded the $83,500 required for Dr Teo to operate.
The surgery reportedly took place in Singapore last Thursday, with the family still awaiting the outcome.
Prasanta Barman thanked those who had donated to make the surgery possible.
In February last year, Dr Teo operated on Riaa Kulkarni, who was diagnosed with DIPG in 2016 and given nine months to live. Her father, Vivek, said the operation cost close to $80,000 but it bought the family more time with their seven-year-old.
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