PORTIA WILL UNDERGO BRAIN SURGERY on 21st NOVEMBER, WHILE AWAKE. We need your support to help with her treatment and ongoing rehabilitation.
On 30 September 2022, Portia Rose Swan (14-years) underwent brain surgery to remove a grade 3 Astrocytoma tumour.
While delighted that Portia pulled through, parents Matt & Penny and the entire Swan family were devastated to learn that 20% of the tumour remains, as it was too risky to remove at that time.
Recently, Portia’s surgeon, Dr Andrew Law, informed the family that the second operation is now urgent, as the remaining tumour is located in a very high-risk area of Portia's brain & could grow and become inoperable if left any longer.
So, Portia will undergo further surgery - an ‘Awake Craniotomy’ - on Tuesday 21 November in Auckland NZ.
The surgery will be performed while she is conscious & able to talk to her surgeons, as this reduces the risk of damaging critical areas of her brain which control speech & movement.
Portia's journey will continue to be long & tough but the Swans are facing it with strength & positivity and will do whatever it takes to give their darling Portia a bright future.
Portia celebrated her 15th birthday recently & she has shown incredible resilience & bravery beyond measure over the past year. Her courage & positivity before & after her first surgery has been even more impressive, considering all the setbacks she's faced.
We are now asking for your help, via financial support, to assist this wonderful family with the ongoing expenses which will be incurred.
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Rehabilitation & post operative treatment here & abroad, poss including relocation; Intro into the ZERO programme (clinical trial for brain tumour research that is currently available in Sydney or Melbourne); enabling Penny to take time off work to support Portia throughout her treatment & recovery; Overseas clinical trials, travel & accommodation