8-year-old Tanzania Girl with a large Brain Tumour
gets a new lease of life in India

An 8-year-old girl from Tanzania, Joyford Honest John, who was recently diagnosed with a rare cancerous brain tumour, the size of a cricket ball, got a new lease of life in India. BLK Super Speciality Hospital’s Neurosurgeons performed a six-hour-long Left Frontal Craniotomy surgery to remove a large life-threatening brain tumour.

“Joyford was admitted to the hospital with complaints of recurrent seizures, vomiting, aphasia, urinary incontinence, diminution of vision and right side weakness of the body. MRI of the brain was suggestive of a large left frontal mass lesion with midline shift which was occupying more than half of the cerebral hemisphere with a tumour size of 8.7x8.6x7.8cm”, informed Dr. Anil Kansal, Director & Head - Neuro Surgery & Neuro Spine in BLK Centre for Neurosciences.

“Brain tumours are rare in kids, specifically such large size tumours are the rarest. In Joyford’s case, this highly vascular tumour presented several risks of surgery including the risk of paralysis of a limb or any other neurological deficit. Excess bleeding during surgery was also a major risk. With a thought-through process, we planned a microscopic resection of the tumour. The surgery was successful and post-operative the patient was perfectly fine without any neurological deficit, which was a major risk in this case. The tumour biopsy showed that the tumour was cancerous and subsequently the patient was put under radiation therapy at the hospital”, explained Dr. Kansal.

Ependymoma can occur at any age, but most often occurs in young children. In Joyford's case, investigations detected Grade II Ependymomas which occurred in the brain.

“Our team of highly skilled surgeons performed an advanced surgery to give a new lease of life to Joyford. We were confident to provide her best-in-class treatment and care. She was discharged after the 7th day of surgery” concluded Dr Kansal.

According to experts, an Ependymoma is a primary central nervous system (CNS) tumour. It begins in the ependymal cells in the brain and spinal cord that line the passageways where the fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) that nourishes the brain flows.



Dr. Anil Kansal
Director & Head – Neuro
Surgery & Neuro Spine
BLK Centre for
BLK Super Speciality
Hospital, New Delhi