Brave Toddler Has Sight-Saving Surgery On Tumour

Brave Toddler Has Sight-Saving Surgery On Tumour


00:07
COMM: Seventeen-month-old Colby Ramos – Francis was born with a rapidly growing Hemangioma,
a form of benign tumour, on his eye. 00:20
COMM: And when his desperate parents felt they couldn’t get the help needed in Britain,
they appealed to a US charity for their son’s operation. 00:29
Jamie: It’s just really scary and we needed to get help fast. 00:46
COMM: Colby’s parents Aimee and Jamie realised something was wrong shortly after he was born. 00:53
Aimee: Straight after birth he had a small pink birth mark on the side of his eye. I
wasn’t really that concerned about it because a lot of children are born wit them. 01:00
Aimee: We waited until the 6th week checkup. By that time his birthmark had ballooned and
it was really bulbous and it wasn’t really a nice sight. 01:09
COMM: Treatment was started, but proved ineffective. 01:12
Aimee: When Colby was a couple of months old we went to the doctors who immediately referred
us to an eye specialist at Bristol hospital. 01:21
Aimee: We had our first appointment with them, which we waited about two months. During that
time Colby’s birthmark had split open and bled a few times. 01:28
Aimee: We were panicking about this. We finally got to our appointment and they decided that
Propranolol was the best thing for Colby. 01:34
Aimee: Over the past year or so, every time we see them would be once a month and they’d
up and up his dosage. It never shrank, did it? 01:41
Jamie: No. 01:42
Aimee: So I got on Facebook, found the Facebook group of the Hemangioma parents support group
and just putting a post on there really helped, I mean all these different parents that have
exactly the same issues 01:54
Jamie: The hits that we got on it straight away and everyone was so helpful. Aimee has
done an incredible job. 02:01
COMM: Aimee’s efforts resulted in contact with the Little Baby Face Foundation, who
agreed to cover their costs to travel to New York where a team of world-renowned specialists
would operate on Colby. 02:14
COMM: Dr Thomas Romo III is one of the founders of the charity committed to helping children
born with facial deformities 02:22
Dr Romo: Colby has a congenital avascular growth, a benign tumour, called a Hemangioma
and Hemangioma can be on any part of the body. 02:32
Dr Romo: It’s the most common tumour growth that children have and his particular one
is so bad because it’s actually blocking his vision which is going to delay and maybe
prevent that eyeball from ever seeing. 02:49
Dr Romo: We work and perform surgery on children with Hemangiomas regularly and the surgeon
who will be leading the team, Doctor Milton Waner, who I’m an associate of his, is a
internationally known Hemangioma surgeon. 03:04
Dr Romo: We don’t consider it a loss or a failure if he needs another surgery. It’s
worth getting 85% done, letting it heal and come back and strategically put soft tissues
and delicate things back into place to improve them. 03:18
Dr Romo: So that his eye works at two years old and at 22 years old and 62 years old. 03:28
COMM: Finally, the day of the operation has arrived at New York’s Lennox Hill Hospital 03:35
Aimee: I had a surgery. I’m nervous, but glad that it’s going to be removed finally.
That’s a burden lifted. 03:44
Aimee: This morning I felt confident about it and I’m still confident now. It’s just
that it’s real. 03:55
Dr Waner: Let’s give Dad a big kiss, and don’t worry, we’ll take care of him. 04:37
COMM: Dr Milton Waner is prepared for the difficulty of the operation. 04:42
Dr Waner: So the muscle that lifts the eyelid is probably involved so I’m going to have
to find that muscle and preserve it, so the first objective is to remove the Hemangioma
without the damaging or destroying any of the structures and trying to make sure that
the eyelid is the right length and still works. 05:02
Dr Waner: There may be a second small procedure but I’m hoping not. 05:07
COMM: Dr Romo is equally upbeat. 05:09
Dr Romo: I think things are looking wonderful. You have the combination of incredible generous
physicians. 05:19
Dr Romo: That tails in with the foundation which provides the physical capabilities of
doing something like that. 05:24
Dr Romo: What’s so wonderful is that the young couple have the opportunity to utilise
those services. It can’t get better than this. It just literally can’t get better
than this. 05:53
COMM: And after a 3 hour operation, he is even happier. 05:56
Dr Romo: The tumour’s totally out, it’s just theres some little finesse things that
have to be done. We’re gonna let this settle down and heal up a bit because he’s going
to be growing, things are going to be puling as well and then we’ll do a finesse thing
in six months or so. 06:20
Jamie: I’m just so happy. Really happy. That’s all I can say at the moment. 06:32
Dr Waner: Ok guys, how are you doing? Hi Colby. 06:37
COMM: Just over a week after the operation, Colby has a checkup, and while he will need
a further procedure on his eyelid once the swelling has reduced, his parents are understandably
relieved as they prepare to return to the UK. 06:54
Aimee: To see Colby without his birthmark is absolutely amazing. We can already see
that he’s a completely different little boy. He’s changed so much. 07:01
Aimee: He seems so much more confident. He’s realised that it’s not there anymore. 07:05
Aimee: Colby’s had children approaching him now. He’s been playing with children
already. 07:09
Jamie: It’s nice to see him socialising with children and playing about like a little
boy should. 07:14
Jamie: I’d just like to say thank you to all the surgeons that have helped Colby and
helped us through. 07:21
Aimee: Allowing us to come over here and paying for everything. Absolutely amazing what they’ve
done.

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