I was the first patient
Ainārs (46), logistics specialists in a transport company:
«Already in 2013, I had an operation of auditory nerve neuroma and, in fact, I already was waiting in a queue for repeated operation at Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, because the neuroma had grown again almost as large as it was before the first operation. But then my wife’s friend told that a new centre will open in Sigulda, where the latest robotized radiosurgery equipment in the Eastern Europe CyberKnife will be available. At the first moment, I didn’t even understand – what it will be.
What she is talking about? But the doctor at Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital shed light on the situation, telling, that it may be my only chance. Because the tumour has literally grown into the trigeminal nerve, so it is impossible to completely remove it surgically and it only keeps growing. In case of cutting it, there is a possibility, that half of my face will become motionless permanently. The doctor mentioned, that such procedures are performed in Germany and, if I want, I can go there. The costs will be similar, but travelling and accommodation costs will be required additionally. I thought – why should I go? Surely, also in Latvia it will be dealt with by smart specialists. I was only concerned about whether this procedure will help me, because the tumour was large.
I received a positive response and it is good, that my relatives and friends helped me to collect the money necessary for the operation. Still, the sum was significantly smaller than that required in Germany. As a result, five procedures were performed – I just focused on my positive thinking and was pleased, that I still can do it. The feeling after the procedure was not very good, but doctors had already warned, that it may happen in my case. Five months passed until the feelings became normal again. But it is all bearable, if you know – later, it will be better. I don’t want tolive with a paralyzed face and be unable to feel any taste in my mouth.»
Radiosurgery procedure completed in December 2015.