A CORK teenager who was told his cancer was terminal has undergone a successful surgery in the US to remove a tumour from his brain.
Aaron McMahon, an 18-year-old from Midleton, was given a terminal diagnosis following the discovery of a cancerous tumour in his brain.
He was told there were no further options available to him in Ireland.
However, an online funding campaign raised over €140,000 for the surgery and Aaron travelled to Pittsburgh to undergo a complex surgical procedure.
His father Paul said the surgery to remove the tumour, which lasted almost 11 hours, was a success.
“Dr Gardiner came into the room, had a smile from ear to ear and said we got it, we got it all,” he added.
“It feels like winning the lotto. When you’ve been given a terminal notice but the next minute, you’ve got someone who can fix it,” said Aaron’s mother Gail.
She also praised Aaron’s surgeon, Dr Gardiner, who she said was in control and accommodating at all times.
“He came in took my hand and smiled and I knew then that he got it all,” she added.
“We’ve been through every emotion leading up to this day but we were very calm and optimistic and reassured by the team,” he said.
“It did go through our minds is he going to come back,” admitted Paul.
While there is a small chance that the cancer may return, Aaron is now on the road to recovery.
“We’re so blessed,” added Paul.
“He’s very brave, incredibly brave."
Aaron did so well in surgery that his surgeon saw no need to place him in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) following the procedure.
“We saw him yesterday evening, he was a bit responsive,” said Paul.
“He’s got such strength and he wants to get over this so much.” When he was told the news, Aaron smiled at his mother, according to Paul.
“The next part now is the recovery process,” said Paul, adding that the McMahon’s are eternally grateful to everyone who helped fund Aaron’s trip to the US for this life-saving surgery.