For the first time in UK history, a 27 year old Darlington resident’s lung tumor was successfully removed with the aid of the Da Vinci robot, which carried out the delicate stitching required for the procedure.
Gemma Walker, who was complaining of shortness of breath while she was 14 weeks pregnant, was found to have a tumor in her lung. Doctors from the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough had to wait until she gave birth before attempting to remove the carcinoid tumor, after which she was placed under a cardiothoracic consultant, Joel Dunning.
“I had got to the stage whenever I made physical effort like climbing the stairs I was seriously out of breath. I knew something had to be done,” Walker stated.