For Ayush, it is a new beginning. He can finally walk, run and chase his dream of becoming a cricketer. Ayush was diagnosed with Craniopharyngiom – a benign (noncancerous) brain tumor arising from small nests of cells near the pituitary stalk. This brain tumor derived from pituitary gland embryonic tissue that occurs most commonly in children but also in men and women in their 50s and 60s. Due to the condition Ayush had no vision in his left eye and his right arm & right leg had no movement. Riddled with paralysis Ayush’s life was not normal and his parents wanted their child to be the same as others.
His father shares, “After his diagnosis we took him to numerous hospitals and doctors. A number of neurosurgeons also examine him but all highlighted that the surgery would be exceptionally risky. No parent wants their child to be disabled and weak. I was ready to go to any extent to make my Ayush walk. My relatives recommended Dr Mukund Prasad at Paras Hospital, Patna, and we decided to travel to the city to consult him. After reviewing the reports when Dr Mukund shared that surgery was possible, we couldn’t believe our ears. Our quest to find a doctor on whom we can rely on came to an end. It was destined that my Ayush would be treated by Dr Mukund only.”
Dr Mukund Prasad, Sr Consultant Neurosurgery, has over 14 years of experience in neuro surgery & is one of the most reputed & skilled neurosurgeons of the region. According to him, “A craniopharyngioma is a noncancerous (benign) tumor that develops at the base of the brain near the pituitary gland. The exact cause of the tumor is unknown. This tumor most commonly affects children between 5 to 10 years of age. Adults can sometimes be affected. Boys and girls are equally likely to develop this tumor. Craniopharyngioma causes symptoms by: Increasing pressure on the brain, usually from hydrocephalus, disrupting hormone production by the pituitary gland or due to pressure or damage to the optic nerve. In Ayush’s case it was due to pressure on the brain & optic nerve. Paralysis and vision loss are the most common aspects associated with this brain tumor. In Ayush’s case we decided to excise the same and ensure that his vision and motor movements are restored.”
Post surgery, Ayush was put under observation and was provided rehabilitation support. The results were exceptional and within one month of the surgery, he started to walk normally and his vision was restored.
“The moment I saw my Ayush walk was exceptional. It was unique and the feeling cannot be explained in words. Emotions, moments of feeling lost and finally winning over all obstacles, it was as if life had come a full circle in one moment. I shall forever be indebted to Dr Mukund. Had he not been there, we would have been lost in despair. We thank Paras for creating an institute where people and hope wins.”