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  • By sam
  • Nov 19, 2020

Global Hospital cure a small Kurdistan boy from a rarest Spinal Disorder

Global Hospital, Mumbai successfully treated an 11-year-old Kurdistan boy, who was suffering from a rare spinal cord disorder, is now able to walk properly without limping like other similar-age children.

A rare spinal cord tumour seized an 11-year-old Kurdistani boy to limp for most of his life. But, after successfully complicated spinal microsurgery at a Global Hospitals, Parel, Mumbai, patient, Goran Shakhawan, will now be able to walk appropriately & can continue his regular activities like the other children of his same age.

When Goran was Five-years-old, his mother noticed that he was limping due to shortening of his leg (left) & scoliosis, a condition that causes abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.

After examinations at the local hospital, doctors diagnosed that the boy has a rare spinal cord tumour. On June 2019, and as per the diagnosis, Goran referred to Global Hospital, Parel, Mumbai for treatment and supervision of his condition due to the lack of specialised pediatric neurosurgery facilities in Kurdistan. 

According to Dr Suresh Sankhla, HOD, Neurosurgery of Global Hospital, Parel, Mumbai who performed the surgery successfully on Goran Shakhawan, at the Global Hospital, the boy had a massive internal spinal cord tumour, which was spreading along the whole length of the spinal cord - a rare condition responsible for his leg weakness and scoliosis.

On 26th June 2019, the patient underwent the operation for the removal of tumour (under intraoperative USG and neuromonitoring guidance), & laminoplasty. And he had an uneventful recovery after the surgery and discharged from the hospital after the Five days.

Goran thanked to Global Hospital & said "I could walk and do daily activities like other children of same my age. But, I was disheartened as they were taller than me. They would walk properly, and I would limp. I always dreamt of being able to walk properly without limping. And I thank Global Hospital, for turning my dream into reality. I have been told by the doctors that within a few months, I will be able to get rid of scoliosis, stand on my feet, and live life the way I wanted to. I am keen on starting new innings of my life,".


Times Now Digital. (2019, September 10). Mumbai: 11-year-old Kurdistan's boy undergoes surgery for a rare spinal cord disorder: What is scoliosis?, 1.