ABBOTTABAD: A seven-year-old child, hailing from Afghanistan’s Helmand province, has been given a second chance at life after a 2.5 kilogramme tumour was removed from his brain in a highly complicated surgery at a private hospital in the city.
Dr Abdul Aziz, a renowned Pakistani neurosurgeon pulled off the miraculous medical procedure, which had been termed as ‘extremely complicated’ by the Indian and Turkish experts earlier.
Speaking to The Express Tribune on Sunday, Dr Aziz said the brain tumour weighed two and a half kilos and had already damaged an eye and an ear of the patient. He said the child was being given further medical aid following the surgery and his condition was improving gradually.
“Experts [from India and Turkey] had declared this surgery extremely difficult and complicated, but we proved that it was possible,” said Dr Aziz.
NICH achieves milestone with first ever laparoscopic surgery of liver
Earlier this year, the National Institute for Child Health (NICH) managed to save the life of an infant girl born with a damaged liver in the first surgery of its kind in Pakistan.
The three-year-old child suffered incessant stomach aches and jaundice since birth. The infant was administered anaesthesia and in an operation that lasted around six hours, the doctors dissected the infant’s intestine and fashioned a tube out of it.
They then removed the damaged bile duct and transplanted the tube in its place.
The infant girl, whose family resides in Karachi’s Kati Pahari area, is now fully recovered and has started eating and drinking as well.