Wockhardt: Complex brain tumor surgery on boy from Ghana

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Patient Jude Mensah with family member after surgery

Rohit Shishodia
Doctors at Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai have given a new lease of life to an 18-year-old college student from Ghana by removing his brain tumor that was making his life miserable. After surgery, the patient is able to walk, speak and balance himself, and will resume his studies soon.

Jude Mensah, the patient, was jolted out of his normal life as he suddenly encountered a headache and loss of speech, following a convulsion. He would also vomit occasionally, and ultimately got gradually paralyzed on his right side.

On consulting various medicos in Ghana, it was revealed that Jude suffered from a benign brain tumor two years ago and his health was deteriorating as the tumor was gradually increasing in size. He was also losing vision due to raised intracranial pressure. But due to the complexity of the surgery, no one was willing to operate on him in Africa.

Dr. Mazda Turel, Neuro and Spine Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospital, said, “The patient flew down to the hospital in September 2019 in a critical condition. On thoroughly evaluating and examining him, it was revealed that there was a brain tumor of 8 cm x 10 cm arising from his ventricles, the Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collecting cavities of the brain.”

Dr Turel added, “The tumor obstructed the fluid pathway and resulted in what is called obstructive hydrocephalus that occurs when the flow of CSF is blocked along one or more of the narrow passages connecting the ventricles. He was explained that the surgery was only the last resort to save his life.”

Dr Turel further said, "The patient underwent removal of the tumor via a very difficult operation. The tumor was extremely vascular and we lost around 2 liters of blood. The surgery lasted for about eight hours, and we were able to remove the tumor completely. After the removal of the tumor, his normal fluid pathways were restored. Post-operatively, he recovered slowly and steadily.”


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