Julia's brain tumour struck without warning.


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Please will you give today to help provide our Department of Neurosurgery with the new cutting-edge Airo mobile CT scanner? Your generosity will help keep more families together at Christmas. Thank you.

​​​​​​​37-year-old mother of two, Julia Fin, woke in the early hours to find paramedics in her bedroom. She had absolutely no idea what was going on.

Without any prior warning, Julia had suffered a massive seizure, caused by a rare and aggressive brain tumour that had grown to the size of a kiwi fruit. The race to save her life was on, and she was airlifted to The Royal Melbourne Hospital, where our Director of Neurosurgery, Associate Professor Dr Kate Drummond was waiting.

The operation to remove Julia’s tumour took six hours, and because it was located in the part of the brain that affects speech, it had to be performed while Julia was awake—to ensure surgery didn’t affect her ability to speak.

This kind of delicate procedure requires highly-skilled staff and the most innovative new equipment. It’s only with your support that we’re able to be there for patients like Julia when their lives hang in the balance.​​​​​​​

 

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When the MRI revealed the kiwi fruit size tumour in Julia's brain, she was airlifted straight to the RMH. It was a huge shock to Julia and her young family, hitting them hard, without any warning signs. 
Luckily for Julia, her surgeon was one of the best in the business. Dr Kate performed a six-hour craniotomy on Julia, removing as much of the tumour as possible without damaging Julia's ability to speak. 
Julia's recovery was tough and unfortunately, her tumour will return some day. But, we'll be here when it does - thanks to wonderful supporters like you.