It was all smiles for 12-year-old Ciara Lee on her first day back to class recently after undergoing a lifesaving brain surgery in the US, which, thanks to donors, a generous US hospital and a benevolent pediatric, did not cost her family a thing.
Lee, who is from Zicack, Portsmouth, had been diagnosed with a life-threatening rare brain condition and was flown to the US for medical attention.
Her surgeon Dr. Paul Klimo said that an arteriovenous malformation had ruptured in her brain, becoming a tangled collection of blood vessels, disrupting blood flow and oxygen circulation. According to him, if fast action was not taken, it would have erupted again and possibly caused her death.
Dr. Klimo had decided on the urgency of the situation after viewing Lee’s brain scan and discussing it with another doctor who was a friend of Lee’s basketball coach. The other doctor had sought Dr. Klimo’s thoughts on the scan.
“I said ‘hey she’s got most likely a ruptured AVM that needs to be treated,’ otherwise it’s probably going to rupture again, and she could die from it,” Dr. Klimo recalled.
He did the surgery on his birthday, free of charge at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, US, in February. The institution waived all operation fees.
As if giving the gift of life to the 12-year-old PSS student was not enough, Dr. Klimo even took special care to change the way he operated to preserve Lee’s hairstyle.
“It means the world to me,” he said adding, “That’s why I went into medicine.”
This story was adapted from a piece published on a Fox News website which can be found here: https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/local/life-saving-surgery-performed-memphis-after-girl-flown-caribbean-no-charges-family/J6DMHSJHE5H6TCM43BBQCAQ3TI/