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21-year-old with brain tumor gets a new zest of life

Narayana Health City, Bangalore

Narayana Health City, Bangalore gave a new lease of life to a 21-year-old girl from Bangalore who was suffering from refractory epilepsy. A resident of Bangalore, she was suffering from recurrent seizures. The search of quality medical care brought her to Narayana Health City where after several necessary health check-ups she was diagnosed with benign brain tumor which was causing repeated episodes of convulsions. She was advised to undergo excision surgery.  Now, after surgery, she is leading a healthy life and pursuing engineering.

Speaking about the case, Dr. Komal Prasad, Sr. Consultant Neurosurgeon, Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center, Narayana Health City said, ‘Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder. In India, there are about 12 million people who are suffering from this condition. But sadly, many cases remain undiagnosed due to lack of awareness and monetary support.  People with epilepsy who do not receive treatment suffer from recurrent episodes of seizures. This can affect their studies, their work, and quality of life for them and their families. Also, people with epilepsy and their families suffer from social stigma and discrimination. We are glad that we could help this patient. The cause of her recurrent seizures was a benign tumor in right side of her brain. It was removed and she has responded positively to the treatment. She is leading a healthy life now.”

“After being diagnosed with epilepsy, She was no longer allowed to have the freedom a 21-year-old is accustomed of having. She could no longer go to college and places without a constant support. She had started to feel distant and isolated from her friends dealing with her illness. As a parent, I was also emotionally shattered as we did not have monetary support to give her a quality treatment that she deserved. But under the supervision of Dr. Komal Prasad and his team at Narayana Health City, who emerged as a ray of hope and helped us to get financial aid through Arogya Karnataka Scheme. Today, my daughter is leading a normal life she deserves” said patient’s mother expressing her gratitude and happiness.

Improving public education is very important to fight against epilepsy. International Epilepsy Day is celebrated on 11 February 2019 as an opportunity to raise awareness on epilepsy. Most of the cases of epilepsy are treatable with medicine after proper diagnosis. In some selective cases surgery is needed and has a gratifying result in reduction of seizure frequency and medications. Narayana Health City with its state-of-the-art technology in healthcare sector is taking a step forward to make the world a better place through educating and building awareness about epilepsy.

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