A Queens teen’s hope of singing are back thanks to an innovative brain surgery. Galahad Abella, 17, became worried when he began to see double the day after Christmas. A CT scan revealed that he had a rare golf ball-sized tumor. The tumor, called Clival Chordoma, is mainly found in patients aged 20-40. The teen from Elmhurst, Queens dreams of becoming a professional opera singer and has already performed at Carnegie Hall. Thankfully, his medical team at Mt. Sinai Hospital was able to remove the tumor, after breaking it up into pieces, through his nose. During the surgery, Dr. Anthony Del Signore used a virtual reality like technique called “Surgical Theater” which captures a 3D image of the skull and tumor.
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