Using a new device - 'a magic eraser' - a US doctor removed a terminal brain tumour successfully from the brain stem of a little boy.
According to Xinhua, Saint John's Health Centre in Santa Monica near Los Angeles revealed that doctor Amin Kassam used the device, called a Nico Myriad, to remove the tumour from a Belgian boy's brain system, reports the Star Online.
The hospital revealed that the boy, identified only as Tristan, was facing certain death from a chordoma, a rare, malignant brain tumour, which had wrapped around the 4-year-old's brain stem, making it impossible to use normal surgical techniques.
The Myriad device was introduced to the United States about a year ago, and Kassam is one of the few neurosurgeons trained to use it.
The device has a bendable cutting tip that allows surgeons to access hard-to-reach tumour sites, and the child's tumour removal was performed through the child's nostril, taking a team of surgeons 13 hours.
The "magic eraser" provides precise tissue shaving on or near critical body parts, like blood vessels and nerves, and also vacuums tumour tissue into a collection chamber for laboratory evaluation, the hospital said.
Although chordomas are slow growing, they can cause pain, paralysis, problems with vision, swallowing and death.