A little boy with a big brain tumour has been given a second chance at life, thanks to experimental surgery in Sydney.
Dr Charlie Teo operated on Braydon Stefan last night at Prince of Wales hospital in groundbreaking surgery.
Less than 24 hours after the major brain operation, Braydon was asking his mum for a barbeque dinner. He was released from hospital this afternoon.
The surgery, which involved removing a walnut-sized tumour from the brain stem, was so high-risk doctors in Victoria refused to operate.
The brain stem is this part of the brain that was previously thought to be inoperable because it is incredibly delicate.
Pioneering Sydney surgeon Dr Charlie Teo is one of only a handful of doctors worldwide who take on such operations.
"It's taken me years to be able to do it but I'm very pleased with the outcome," Dr Teo said.
He believes Braydon could've died within days if this one hadn't gone ahead and guaranteed $20,000 of his own money to make sure the surgery could happen.
Dr Charlie Teo primarily works at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital, and has established an internationally acclaimed centre specialising in the treatment of adult and childhood brain tumours.
Despite the success of yesterday's operation, Braydon's family has been told his battle is far from over.
The cancer is likely to come back, so they are now planning to go to Germany to try a new experimental treatment.
Dr Teo believes the new experimental treatment might end up being the answer.
"We're going to do what we have to do, and we have got a lot of hope that he is going to live a long life," Braydon's dad told 7News.
The Stefans will need to raise thousands more dollars in the fight for Braydon’s young life.
Donations to Braydon's appeal can be made at the Commonwealth Bank.
Aaccount name: Braydon Stefan
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