Russia: Life-saving tumour surgery carried out on woman in labour

Anna Zhuravleva, Woman who underwent surgery (Russian): «Yes, you could say that.» Journalist (Russian): «How was your transportation?» Anna Zhuravleva, Woman who underwent surgery (Russian): «Great.» Journalist (Russian): «Did you feel uncomfortable?» Anna Zhuravleva, Woman who underwent surgery (Russian): «No, not at all.» Journalist (Russian): «Fast, and way more comfortable than by... Еще car.» Anna Zhuravleva, Woman who underwent surgery (Russian): «Yes.» Journalist (Russian): «You were not afraid of this means of transportation, were you?» Anna Zhuravleva, Woman who underwent surgery (Russian): «No.» Journalist (Russian): «Excellent.» A life-saving brain-shunting surgery was carried out on a woman in labour, at a hospital in St. Petersburg on October 31. Expectant mother Anna Zhuravleva was taken from Tikhvin to the Almazov National Medical Research Centre in St. Petersburg by an air ambulance helicopter, due to the enlargement of a tumor on her brain. A year and a half ago, Zhuravleva was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour on her brain. After the first stage of the treatment, the woman discovered that she was pregnant. Zhuravleva reportedly decided to give birth despite the doctors' warnings. The doctors managed to keep Zhuravleva's pregnancy up to the 36th week. However, in the recent days, the tumour began to grow, causing an extensive swelling of the woman's brain. The doctors decided to carry out the brain-shunting surgery at the same time as the delivery of the child. Zhuravleva said that «my ailment manifested itself a year and a half ago, that's when I woke up with a headache. I went to take an MRI test, and it showed that I had a tumour.» A team of neurosurgeons and obstetrician-gynecologists participated in the operation. As a result, a healthy baby boy was born, whom Zhuravleva named Bogdan.

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