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My younger brother just called me from Toronto to let me know his A wife has a tumor (non-cancerous) growing on her spine. She has always had back pain, but it became excrutiating in September. She was sent to physio, but of course, no relief. She was finally diagnosed while she was in Australia visiting with her family. The neurosurgeon was able to track her down in Australia and made arrangements to meet with another surgeon there to explain what was happening. It looks like she will be having surgery to remove the tumor next week, but there are issues surrounding whether she will walk after or have high level paralysis. Of course, the surgeons must tell you the worst care scenerio so she could be just fine with some light nerve damage.
Her mother has MS and is in a care facility in Australia, but her father is coming out to help. My sister, an ICU/CCUI nurse is making arrangements to help out as well. They have 3 little girls, 7, 6, and 3. I am praying things will turn out well.