For Ritu Juneja, 39 yrs old, Nov 2, 2015, was just another routine day at her school. Just after the lunch break as she was teaching in another class, she felt as if she is losing control over her body. “All I remember is feeling scared, helpless and not having any control over my body.” Ritu went through a seizure in which she suffered tongue bite, her eyes started rolling and there was a significant change in her face structure. Acting swiftly the school officials took Ritu to the nearby hospital for first aid. “We thought that she has had an episode of stroke. Ritu is an exceptionally active teacher with no history of illness. Her sudden episode was a bit shocking,” shared her school principal.
Post the first aid, she was stabilized, however as soon as things were getting normalized, Ritu suffered from an another episode – Generalised Tonic Clonic Seizure (GTCS)– a type of seizure caused by abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain. This is regarded as a severe seizure and is accompanied by loss of consciousness, muscle stiffness and jerky movements of the body. It lasts for around 1-3 minutes. Post the episode Ritu’s husband shifted her to Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon.
According to Dr (Prof) VS Mehta, Padma Shri, Director Neurosciences, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon, “ Ritu was suffering from a meningioma –it is a tumor that is located in the membrane that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord. In Ritu’s case the tumor was located near the motor area and hence the tumor was causing the seizures and the semi paralysis. Hence the treatment was to remove the tumor. We used the latest Image guided tumor navigation technology to map her brain and take a 3D mapping of her brain anatomy. With the help of ultrasound and MRI images we were able to pinpoint the exact location of the tumor and also remove the same easily, by ensuring that there is no patient harm and paralysis.”
Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon is the first private hospital of Delhi – NCR region to have Image Guided Tumor Navigation Technology- a specialized tool that aids the precision of the neurosurgeons by providing high resolution images of the brain anatomy along with ultrasound and MRI imaging.
Just as Ritu walks in to her get stitches opened, she smiles to us, “ It feels that this is my new life. At one point of time I felt me and my family could never come out of the trauma. Thanks to Dr Mehta from diagnosis, surgery to post surgery care, his approach has been exceptional, it truly feels that he is our guardian angel- A True Doctor!”
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