- Amazing! They remove a tumor the size of a soccer ball from the head of a Hispanic woman
- The impressive story of the Colombian immigrant, Lorenza De La Villa, began 25 years ago when she felt a small bump on her head
- By June 2020, the tumor was already the size of a soccer ball, but hope came through a Netflix series
Amazing! They manage to remove a tumor the size of a soccer ball from the head of a Hispanic woman.
The impressive story of the Colombian immigrant, Lorenza De La Villa, began 25 years ago when she felt a small bump on her head.
By then it was small, about the size of a marble, and furthermore the tests had shown that it was a benign tumor.
What the doctors told De La Villa, who was 64 years old at the time, was that since it was a small one, that it did not cause pain, nor did it affect his vision or thinking, it was better to just keep an eye on him, he said. NY Post.
During those 25 years everything went well for the woman of New Jersey. Each year MRIs and visits to a neurologist confirmed that the tumor remained small.
Until in April 2020, things suddenly changed. Overnight it began to look more like a golf ball, to the point where the benign tumor began to erode a part of her skull and grow outward.
“He was growing by inches, almost every day,” recalls his granddaughter Michelle Tavares.
The family began to “walk” from hospital to hospital in the hope of finding a specialist in New Jersey who would dare to take the case; But they all responded the same, that removing it implied a huge risk, that many arteries would have to be cut and that he could lose a lot of blood, putting his life in danger.
By June, the tumor was the size of a soccer ball.
Hope: Tumor removed from Hispanic woman’s head
When there seemed to be no other way out for De La Villa, a hope arose.
Her daughter, who cared for her, recalled a conversation with a complete stranger. She told him about her mother’s situation, he told her that he had seen a documentary program on Netflix in which they attended a similar case: “Lenox Hill”.
Indeed, it is a series just released in June 2020, showing the work of a team of neurosurgeons at Lenox Hill Hospital, including Dr. David Langer, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, and John Boockvar, vice chairman. They were the ones who welcomed De La Villa, who is now 89 years old.
The situation had worsened, the woman suffered from pain, as her huge lump had developed ulcers. “She was crying in pain,” recalls Boockver.
“She had this thing in a diaper,” he said. “She was literally wrapped in a diaper because she was bleeding a lot.”
“He basically wanted to die at that time. He had no quality of life. So even with a 50 percent chance of her dying, why wouldn’t we? ”Said the vice president of neurosurgery. Right there, hope returned.
Goal: Remove a soccer ball-sized mass
The first to intervene was Dr. Rafael Ortiz, head of neuroendovascular surgery at the hospital, who undertook a meticulous and delicate procedure to seal as many arteries as possible that would feed the tumor, but not the brain.
“If we close an artery that goes to the brain, she will suffer a stroke,” explained the specialists.
The following day, De La Villa entered a two-hour surgery in which the giant mass and tumor tissue were removed.
It was done quickly to decrease the possibility of life-threatening bleeding, as well as to avoid having the patient under anesthesia for a long time.
Langer and Boockvar took turns and with the help of a resident surgeon they managed, in record time, to also place a titanium mesh to cover the part of the skull that the tumor had opened.
After an incredible procedure, an incredible result: De la Villa spoke lucidly that very afternoon.
The next day, “he was smiling, raising his head, speaking, his cognition intact,” said the doctor.
Days later, De La Villa visited Lenox Hill Hospital again to check on his progress.
“She healed like a nine-year-old,” confirmed Boockvar, who hopes she will continue to improve with physical therapy.
The woman can walk with a walker and even talk. “It’s a really incredible result,” added Langer.
Specialists do not know why after the tumor remained small for so many years it suddenly began to increase in size.
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