Tumour patient home again
PROSERPINE man Shane Sayers returned home last Friday after pulling through complicated brain tumour surgery with his family by his side.
The eight-hour operation was performed by neurosurgeon Dr Charles Teo at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney last Wednesday.
Dr Teo told the Sayers it was one of the hardest surgeries he had performed, having to take a break half way through.
Mrs Sayers said Dr Teo was very impressed with how well her husband had responded from surgery.
"Dr Teo removed 95 per cent of the tumour and the other five per cent was burnt off. He is hoping that will keep the tumour at bay.
"Shane is doing really well as most of his symptoms have eased and he hasn't got constant headaches. His vision is a bit cloudy but we are hoping that will settle.
"He has been able to eat and keep food down.
"We are taking his recovery day by day."
Mr Sayers, 38, was diagnosed with a tumour in the corpus callosum region of his brain on December 1 and appealed to the community for support to raise the $65,000 needed for surgery.
The community responded by raising $62,500 over the past few months.
"I am so grateful to the community, they gave my husband a second chance at life," Mrs Sayers said.
"It's like it has given him a new lease on life.
"I am just so grateful he is with us."
Mr Sayers will have his stitches removed in 10 days before the family travel to Sydney for a check up and MRI scan on August 7 with Dr Teo.