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Heart Touching Stories

The Story of Courage and Perseverance

It was a cold winter morning in 2013 when a 13 yrs old girl was brought to my OPD from modasa.... moaning with pain on a stretcher....unable to walk since a week!

The parents were told by a local orthopedic surgeon about possibility of a sarcoma in her pelvic bone.....

They looked at me with immense expectations as their eyes were full of fear and filled with apprehension....the little loved one was staring at a life threatening disease!

Her work-up revealed a large tumor in the left pelvis - from the SI joint to the ischial tuberosity and into the adjoining sacrum.

Biopsy confirmed the diagnosis as Ewing's sarcoma. It couldn't get worse for this eighth standard schoolgirl as her staging work-up revealed lung metastases - stage 4 disease. It was devastating news for her and her family.

This was a fight for life and she was appearing to be on the losing side.

What followed was a year long ordeal with a multi modality management....

She started receiving chemotherapy to which she responded very well. The disease shrank significantly which made it amenable to surgical resection.....Most lung nodules disappeared....

She then underwent a supra major sacro pelvic resection (Type 1+2+3+4 internal hemipelvectomy) which necessitates removal entire half of pelvis along with acetabulum.... with no bone left there, reconstruction of the defect was done with sacro femoral pseudoarthrosis....

It is a life changing procedure - functionally and cosmetically.

She adjusted bravely to the consequences of her surgery - coping with the surgical pain, limb shortening, instability, months of walking with support etc.



Postoperatively she recieved another 8 months of chemotherapy....

Despite completing the management optimally, there were persistent nodules in right lung. Which had to be taken out surgically as she underwent pulmonary metastasectomy followed by whole lung Irradiation!

More than 5 years after completion of the treatment, It was another cold morning of winter 2019.......as she confidently walked into my OPD completely disease free....

Today she is no more my patient.....But a fellow colleague as she embarked upon her journey to becoming a doctor!

Yes..... She cracked the NEET exams with flying colors.. and has been secured a MBBS seat in Ahmedabad.

Life has come full circle for this kid who faced the most trying of life's challenges and dug in her toes and not just fought it out but dared to fly and touch the sky.

She did it.....
She touched my heart.....
I salute her courage.....
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The team which treated her....
Medical Oncologist - Dr Mithun Shah
Radiation oncologist - Dr Kinjal Jani
Thoracic Oncologist - Dr Mukul Trivedi
Orthopedic oncologist - Dr Mandip Shah & Dr Chetan Anchan

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For All Orthopedic Oncology Related Treatments