When the tumour in his head turned out to be benign, he was saved…
The 8-year old Eldar Karamehmetovich who lives in Bosnia Herzegovina, had severe headaches, limited mobility and disturbed vision because he could not even raise his eyes to look up. Though his parents sought medical help for Eldar, they couldn’t find any treatment facilities in their neighbourhood with the capacity to treat this health condition. Thus, it was decided to bring Eldar to Turkey for treatment.
Professor Memet Özek from Acibadem University, who is also the Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery Department at the Acibadem Kozyatağı Hospital, found out that Eldar’s problems were originating from a tumour with a diameter of approximately 3.5 cm located in the pineal area of the brain. Professor Memet Özek, who has been a neurosurgeon for nearly thirty years and operated on twelve thousand patients, examined Eldar’s X-rays and performed some additional tests. Finally, he prepared a treatment plan for the tumour located in the pineal area, a point right at the centre of the brain.
HE WAS LIVING WITH A TUMOUR RIGHT AT THE CENTRE OF HIS SKULL
Due to this tumour in the middle of his skull, the pressure within Eldar’s brain was increased. Therefore, a special canal had to be formed in Eldar’s brain with the help of endoscopy, so that his cerebral fluid could circulate freely. Eldar’s parents also heard the happy news that the tumour in Eldar’s brain was benign from Professor Özek states: “We are planning to enter Eldar’s skull from the back and perform a second surgery to remove this benign tumour in the pineal area. This operation will last about 3-3.5 hours.”
WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN IT TO ELDAR
Eldar’s mother Scada Karahmetovich his father Edib Karahmetovich said that they had very distressing times during the last months due to their son’s health problem: “We had heard that Professor Memet Özek is a very successful surgeon in pediatric brain surgeries. We first shared the X-rays and test results of our son with him over the internet. He asked us to bring Eldar to Turkey. Embracing our last hope, we came to Istanbul. We had prepared ourselves for any sort of news.”
For Scada Karahmetovich, especially the process that begun after the removal of the biopsy sample from Eldar’s brain was very worrisome: “We had no idea what would befall us. We were trying to figure out what we would do if the tumour turned out malignant. Eldar is still very young. We didn’t know how to explain it to him. But he was very brave and mature. So, we did our best to explain it to him. Because of this tumour, he couldn’t even raise his eyes towards the ceiling and he was very distressed. He had headaches all the time and couldn’t study, or play with his friends outside. His life was limited. All these aside, we were worried about his life.”
OUR SON’S LIFE HAS BEEN SAVED. WHAT ELSE CAN WE DREAM OF?
Edip Karahmetovich says that they were very relieved when the biopsy result indicated a benign tumour:“They will remove the tumour with an operation. Then, we will get him controlled regularly. We will still be watching him, but at least our son will live. He has a long life in front of him. I hope he will spend the rest of his life in good health. We thank our doctor and the whole hospital staff. They took very good care of us and tried hard to relieve our worries. We will never forget their effort.”
FIRST, BAD LUCK HIT THEM, THEN LUCK FAVOURED THEM AGAINST THE ODDS
Prof. Dr. Memet Özek says that what Eldar had to endure is just bad luck and explains that the tumour occurred because a cell in his cell brain got out of control and multiplied abnormally. Prof. Özek gave this information about the treatment process:
– Excessive fluid was collecting in Eldar’s brain. Therefore, we performed an endoscopic intervention. We entered his head through a 1 cm incision and opened a new canal for the cerebral fluid to circulate freely. Thus, we prevented a condition called hydrocephalus, which is the collection of excessive fluid within the brain.
– During the surgery, we took samples from various parts of the tumour with the help of endoscopic technology. Normally, 80% of the tumours in the pineal region are malignant and the patients usually have to undergo radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy for these tumours.
But Eldar’s biopsy gave benign results. So, he won’t be needing any radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
After these tumours called gangliogliomas are surgically removed, we perform MRI scans on the patient every 6 months for three years. What makes the difference here is making use of the state-of-the-art technology as well as the surgeon’s skill.