Tuesday, March 10, 2009
7-Year-Old Girl Home After Having 6 Organs Taken Out To Remove Tumor
posted by Growing Your Baby at 3/10/2009 07:49:00 pm
The amazing seven-year-old girl, who underwent ground-breaking surgery to remove what other doctors had said was an "inoperable tumor", returned to her Long Island home Tuesday all smiles.
Heather underwent a grueling 20-hour operation Feb. 6 when doctors at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital took out six organs - and re implanted three of them.
The abdominal tumor was wrapped around the organs and essential blood vessels, and previous medical experts determined it was unresponsive to chemotherapy and inoperable.
Doctors could not re-implant Heather's stomach, spleen and pancreas, so she is now diabetic.
She'll still be able to eat even without the stomach - the food from a special diet will go right to the intestines.