Plastic Surgery VS Tumour: 1-0
Though Plastic Surgery is usually linked to vanity and all this silly stuff, noone doubts this field of surgery can be proved quite useful, making people change their lives in a very real/true way. Now, news coming Cape Town confirm the previous statement. A 15-month-old baby, Nicela Naude, suffering from a congenital issue, named Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, won her fist battle in a huge fight against the syndrome. After a 4-hour surgery by the renowned Cape Town Plastic Surgeon, Professor Frank Graewe, baby Nicole survived but this was only the first step.
This syndrom hinders formation of blood and lymph vessels thus causing poor blood circulation (especially in the left arm) and breathing issues. The surgeon succeeded to debulk the vascular growth on her chest but much has to be done before the situation is completely reversed. Dr. Graewe spoke about the procedure: “The MRI had shown that the lesion on the chest wall communicates with the space under her rib cage, and there are large blood vessels”. What follows? Dr. Graewe says: “The next step would be to do a debulking procedure of the left arm, and possibly more surgery to the chest wall if necessary,” he said.
It probably will take years for the whole issue to be fixed but it’s quite important that the first step was successful. Her mother, Madeline says: “The doctors said there is always a chance of something going wrong, and could not give us the reassurance we wanted. There was a risk of bleeding and we had four units of blood in theatre just in case there was an excessive bleeding. Because the syndrome is so rare none of us knew what to expect… it was a very uncertain situation. Our biggest fear was packing up Nikki’s (Nicela) things and leave the hospital without our daughter”.
Hopefully plastic surgery will be capable of performing many more miracles in the future.