BECOMING a teenager is every child’s dream, but reaching the milestone marked a life threatening challenge for young Mikelle Brutus. Weeks after turning 13, in July 2015, the daughter of Michael and Malicia Brutus started to experience pain in her head; and it began to worry not just her parents, but everyone around her. The frequent headaches prompted her parents to take her to local Neurosurgeon Dr. Amarnauth Dukhi who, after conducting a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), discovered that a tumour was lodged in the left side of Mikelle’s brain.
The analysis, done at Dr. Dukhi’s clinic at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), showed that the young lady had a malignant brainstem tumour. This, he explained, is a “diffuse intrinsic brainstem tumour”, which is highly aggressive and difficult to treat, since these tumours are at the base of the brain.