At least 98% of the tumour was removed
After the surgery had finished she gradually woke, a very different, sleepy child. She then started moving and trying to remove all the tubes attached to her. I could see her fighting and that she didn’t like the situation she was in. Although it was so difficult to see my daughter like this, I was relieved as it showed me that she was getting better. Soon she was swallowing, being active and telling us she doesn’t like it. Within 72 hours, we were told by the medical team that they were very hopeful.
We were told the tumour was a grade one and that it had probably been growing from birth, or from a very young age. This was why she had been slightly deaf in one ear and had eyesight problems. The doctors were so pleased with how the surgery had gone that they weren’t going to do any chemotherapy or radiotherapy. They believed they had been able to remove at least 98% of the tumour.
We could now try and focus on the next stage of the process – doing all we could to help Matilda feel well again. I can remember one day in the weeks after, as we watched a film together at home, Matilda really laughed at a film and I thought ‘we have our Matilda back’. She then got stronger and stronger each day.