By Devina Samaroo
Neurosurgeon, Dr Amarnauth Dukhi Monday said the 15-year-old national champion cyclist Beyonce Ross, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor three months ago, had very little chances of regaining consciousness following the seizure she experienced Thursday last.
Beyonce Ross died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in the wee hours of Monday morning.
The brain tumor was located at a critical point – in the center of her brain – and though it was discovered only in March 2018, Dr Duhki said the disease was already well-advanced.
He explained to the News Room during an interview that if a tumor is developing but compressing only “non-eloquent” areas of the brain, there will be no symptoms.
Symptoms, he said, are usually headaches and Beyonce started to experience severe migraines along with vomiting in February 2018.
She was initially treated for a stomach virus but doctors then conducted an MRI scan and it was then that the tumor was discovered.
Upon her admission to the Georgetown Hospital, Dr Dukhi said Beyonce’s neurological status was a “minimum score of 3 on a scale of 15”. This score provided a poor prognosis, he explained.
Because the tumor was compressing vital structures in the brain that were highly epileptogenic, Dr Dukhi said seizures can occur.
He said these kinds of seizures can lead to various levels of unconsciousness and effect changes in the brain stem functions.
“She suffered a brain stem dysfunction due to compression of the tumor and as such, she had a sudden loss of consciousness post-seizure and she was not able to recover,” Dr Dukhi pointed out.
The country’s only neurosurgeon explained that from the inception, he advised the family to seek overseas medical treatment since Guyana does not have the capacity to perform such high-risk surgeries.
Beyonce’s mother, Yonette Clarke, told News Room that the family desperately tried to raise funds to cover the expenses associated with the medical trip.
After test results a few days ago showed that the tumor was non-cancerous, Yonette thought they had a little more time to save her only daughter’s life.
Holding back tears as she spoke to the News Room, the grieving mother said she did not expect her daughter would have passed on this soon.
“I am very heartbroken. I really thought she would have made it through,” Yonette expressed.
Beyonce was a student of the Lower Corentyne Secondary School in Rose Hall. Last month, when News Room interviewed her, Beyonce said she was trying really hard to fight her illness.
Beyonce had won three gold medals at the National School Cycling Championships in October 2017.
She made her family, her school and her country proud.