Mumbai: Doctors treat 11-year-old Kurdish boy suffering from rare spinal cord disorder

Doctors at Global Hospital, Parel successfully treated a 11-year-old Kurdistani boy named Goran Shakhawan, who used to limp for almost all his life, now after a complex surgery he will be able to walk properly

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A rare spinal cord tumour forced 11-year-old Goran Shakhawan from Kurdistan, to limp for most of his life. After, undergoing surgery at Global Hospital, Parel, the patient will be able to walk properly now, and can resume normal activities like the children of his age.

Surgery, along with physiotherapy and rehabilitation will help him recover faster and achieve correction of his spinal deformity in next few months.

Goran was 5-years-old when his mother noticed that he was limping and has developed scoliosis and shortening of his left leg.

With the help of further investigations at the local hospital, a spinal cord tumour was diagnosed. However, due to the lack of specialized paediatric neurosurgery facilities in Kurdistan, the patient was referred to Global Hospital, Parel, in June 2019 for further management.

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Dr Suresh Sankhla, HOD – Neurosurgery, Global Hospital, Parel who performed surgery successfully on Goran at the Global hospital, said, “The patient had a large internal spinal cord tumour which was extending along the whole length of the spinal cord – a rare condition responsible for his leg weakness and scoliosis.”

“The patient was treated with the complex spinal microsurgery, he will recover faster with physiotherapy,” he added.

Dr Sankhla further informed, “The patient underwent surgery for removal of the tumour (under intraoperative USG and neuromonitoring guidance), and laminoplasty on June 26, 2019. He had an uneventful recovery after surgery and was discharged from the hospital after 5 days.”

The patient, Goran, said, “I could walk, and do daily activities like other children of my age. But, I was disheartened as they were taller than me. They would walk properly, and I would limp. I always dreamt of being able to walk properly without limping.”

The elated boy, further said, “And I thank Global Hospital, for turning my dream in to reality. I have been told by the doctors that within few months, I will be able to get rid of scoliosis, stand on my feet, and live life the way I wanted to. I am keen on starting a new innings of my life.”