Yamini karanam, a 26 year old PhD student at Indiana University, was having trouble reading and talking. She was also having trouble understanding simple articles, and couldn’t understand what her friends and colleagues were talking.
Karanam was form Hyderabad, India; she is doing PhD in computer science.
She sought of medical help last September after the trouble started, there was also a point where could barely eat and the pain ran from head throughout her body.
Karanam was diagnosed with pineal tumor after doctors spotted what they thought was a cyst on Karanam’s pineal gland, a tiny pea like structure in the center of the brain.
Karanam on her blog said, there weren’t any diagnostic procedures left on her, consultation were followed but it didn’t result in anything useful.
Karanam grew sicker and sicker as the tumor grew larger, months passed but there wasn’t anything which can help her. It has become impossible to read; soon walking has also become difficult.
Karanam’s friends desperate to save her, set up a fundraising account online, which reads, “Yamini, a PhD student at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and one of my best friends, was diagnosed with a pineal tumor a few months ago,” the website read. “She has been seeing quite a few neurologists and neurosurgeons across the country in the past 6 months. Most of the doctors seem to think that the location of the tumor poses a lot of risks to the surgery and they think that the tumor could cause irreversible damage to her brain.”
In March, Karanam find found a doctor, Hrayr Shahinian, who performs radical keyhole brain surgeries at the Skull Institute in Los Angeles.
Using the amount raised by her friends, Karanam flew to Los Angeles.
Shahinian made a tiny incision in the back of Karanam’s head, and strung an endoscope into her skull and through a natural channel in her brain to the site of the suspected tumor.
The doctor was shocked to discover that it was not a tumor but it was a teratoma.
Teratoma is a clump of bone, hair and teeth. Some doctors believe that teratomas are twins that never develop and are instead absorbed by the surviving baby’s body.
Shahinian successfully removed the teratoma, and now experts expect Karanam to make full recovery.
Karanam said that she was stunned to learn that her tumor was not lump of cells but her “evil twin sister who’s been torturing me for the past 26 years”.