Sur­geon fights to save boy

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - JANE HANSEN

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.

I CARE: Dakota Parker and Ethan Moodie. The he pair (i (inset) t) dur­ing cud­dle ther­apy. Main pic­ture: Bruce Long

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