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Ruthie Dean recovering well after Wednesday surgery

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An Upstate teen went back to the operating room Wednesday as surgeons worked to remove a malignant tumor.

Ruthie Dean, 13, first had surgery to remove a brain tumor in late September.

Her Grandfather, Rick Morris, said the tumor that was removed in the original surgery was determined to be Grade 4 Glioblastoma. He said Ruthie will have to undergo more extensive surgery on Tuesday and then chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Below is what Morris posted on Facebook just after 9 a.m. Tuesday:

Ruthie was just taken to radiology for her pre-op MRI. From there she will go to the surgical suite.

Today’s surgery is to try to remove as much of the malignancy as possible.

What was thought to be post operative changes was confirmed as cancer. 

We trust God implicitly, no hesitation, no wavering. He is all that He says He is. 

Thank all of you for praying, please don’t stop. Whatever the outcome, HE IS GOOD!

Through all of this, Ruthie continues to smile and her sense of humor is sharp. She is more concerned about so many others who are experiencing difficulties and trials. 

I will try to send updates as I can. Forgive me for presuming on our relationship as friends, colleagues and acquaintances, but as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to bare one another’s burdens. Know I pray for every request that reaches me on your behalf. That is what family does. 

Ruthie's father Jeff Dean posted another update Wednesday evening after the surgery:

We are in Pediatric ICU. Ruthie is doing very well and processing faster than she did after the first surgery. She was able to eat chicken nuggets and french fries! She will have another MRI tomorrow. Thank you all for your prayers today.

Her grandfather, Rick Morris, told FOX that Ruthie did well through the procedure. He shared the following update on her progress:

Ruthie is out of surgery. She did well through the procedure. The tumor has regenerated. Ruthie is in recovery. Glioblastoma multiforme is the most virulent brain tumor type. This tumor intends on taking my granddaughter. 

Where we stand. We serve the God of Creation. He designed and created Ruthie. He has this!

Dr. Troup just advised us that everything went very well. He was able to get the entire regenerated tumor out. The cyst sheath that was the object of this surgery was in his words”pristine”. Meaning it had not changed from the first surgery. That is a good thing. He called pathology, oncology and radiology and ask if he biopsied the sheath and found no cancer cells, did they all concur that leaving it to be treated via chemo and radiation was the best course and thus avoid damaging good brain tissue. They all agreed that that was optimal provided no cancer cells were found. Good thing number two- No cancer cells were found!! None!

He told us that if he told any one of us that we had Glioblastoma multiforme, it is a death sentence. He said if you Google it, you get nothing but doom. But he said it is a different thing with children. With adults, the goal is to buy time, in children it is to get a cure. 

She will be re-evaluated in ten to fourteen days to ascertain if regeneration has occurred. If not they will wait the full standard waiting time for healing before starting radiation. If significant regeneration has occurred, radiation will begin sooner. 

All in all, although we were saddened with the first report that it had grown back, this has been a good outcome. 

I just came from recovery and she looks great and is sharp; taking a few jabs at me... that’s my girl!

Please continue to thank God for being who He is and intercede on Ruthie’s behalf. 

Please forward this to any and everyone as we don’t want to miss anyone with the updates.

#Blu4Ru #GodsGotThis

PREVIOUSLY: Upstate middle schooler to undergo chemo, radiation and more surgery after brain tumor removed

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