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Good news

Joost's surgery took well over 6 hours to complete, but in the end the surgeon was able to remove both of the tumours, the parent and the one that had metastasized from it. At Joost's insistence, he's also removed a margin of healthy tissue, in the hope that this will slow down the rate with which the tumour will grow back, as it has done 4 times already. It does mean he now has a permanent problem with the motor function on his left hand side; however, this morning he took his first steps with the aid of a Zimmer frame, and all indications are that if he continues to do well, he'll be going home before his daughter's sixth birthday on Feb 12th.

Thank you, all of you, who have left messages of support, sent across good vibes, and offered your prayers for his recovery.

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gamiila
Feb. 2nd, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. We're all so thankful to have him still with us. When 24 hours before surgery, the doctors discovered the second tumour and debated whether going ahead with the surgery was still an option, we were preparing ourselves for the worst -- but they went ahead and he's come through it and now he's doing better than expected...it's wonderful!