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Successful brain surgery – now the brave Elena (1) can laugh again

Death reached out to her when her life had just begun. Elena (1) from Russia was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Your salvation: a more expensive operation in Germany!

Thanks to the support of “A Heart for Children”, specialists from the Asklepios Clinic in Sankt Augustin (North Rhine-Westphalia) were able to give the terminally ill child a future.

Brave fight against cancer

After the operation in early July, Elena was in the intensive care unit for three weeks. Prof. Martina Messing-Jünger (60), Chief Physician of Pediatric Neurosurgery: “The tumor affected almost the entire brain stem and was 17 millimeters wide. We were able to remove a large part of the benign tumor. “

The doctor: “When the child came to us at the age of 13 months, it only weighed 4.6 kilos. That is the weight of a strong newborn baby. Elena had no muscles, was like a limp doll. “

Second life for the little girl

The little one had to vomit up to 20 times a day. Eating and drinking were a torment for her. The acid caused her to suffer from chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. The cause of the terrible torture was the brain tumor.

Messing-Jünger: “First of all, Elena was fed liquid postoperatively through a gastric tube, then she was fed porridge. The child first had to learn to swallow and is now slowly finding joy in eating. She likes rice porridge best. “

In addition to eating training, Elena is now discovering her body, moving her hands and feet. The doctor: “It still happens quite uncoordinated. She doesn’t know how to move normally. “

Tatyana Nikolaeva (22) is always by her daughter’s side. What the young mother is very happy about are the many encouraging letters. “The people don’t know us at all and are so friendly. They even send stuffed animals and toys to the clinic for Elena. I would like to thank you very much for that, ”she says.

What her daughter urgently needs now is a rehabilitation program lasting several weeks. Brass disciple: “Elena has to learn everything that she missed in her first year of life.”

How does the experienced neurosurgeon see the chances for her patient? Messing-Jünger: “This tumor is extremely rare, not yet adequately researched. There are some who grow back and are treated with light chemo. Others do not change and very few encapsulate. Oncological follow-up is urgently needed in any case. “

It is unlikely that mother and daughter will be able to celebrate Christmas together with the family at home. Tatyana Nikolaeva to BILD: “But maybe my husband Maksim can come to us in Germany. Elena and I wish that so much! “

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