We met Khbane During our Complex Surgical Programme this year. Khbane, who was in her early 20’s had a large mass on the back of her neck that had been growing over a period of four years.

She had previously tried to seek medical help in a local hospital however no treatment was offered. She described to us that the mass was affecting her confidence and that she was struggling to find work. Luckily our Complex Medical team were able to work with the neurology department at Yekatit-12 Government hospital to remove the mass.

Our outreach team managed to check in on Khabane a few months after she returned home from post-op recovery, he reported that she was extremely happy with her operation result and was now looking for work. There was a little uncertainty prior to Khbane's surgery as in some cases simular to this, the growth can invade the bones (vertebrae) in the neck. Removing bone as well as the tumour could cause instability in the neck after the procedure and risk damage to the spinal cord. For this reason, the case was carried out jointly with the neurosurgeons from Yekatit 12. 

Fortunately the operation was a success and the tumour could be removed without any compromise to the bones or the tissue around the spinal cord. She was left with a small scar on the back of her neck.