A Letterkenny neurosurgeon has performed a unique brain surgery believed to be the first of its kind in the world.
Mr Kieron Sweeney, who specialises in paediatric neurosurgery, is one half of a team which performed the groundbreaking surgery on a 16-year-old student at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital recently
The girl first noticed something was wrong with her handwriting.
Things quickly deteriorated. The creeping weakness in her right hand gradually spread to her right leg and then to her left eyelid, which began to droop.
Double-vision soon followed as her eyes no longer moved in perfect sync. The girl was slowly becoming paralysed.
The cause was a 2cm pilocytic astrocytoma, a benign tumour that is generally harmless. However in this case it was rooted in the “most unforgiving” area of the teenager’s brainstem; surgery would traditionally be far too risky to contemplate.
But six months later Dr Sweeney and his surgery partner Mr Mohsen Javadpour aided by “game changing” technology, would successfully undertake what they believe is the first deep brainstem surgery of its kind in the world.