Dear Dr. Mandell,
The icon of our charity, Meg Jones, was admitted to Children's for the resection of a critically-sited brain tumor. The operation was performed by Peter Black, MD, PhD, FACS, with Mark Rockoff, MD, supervising the anaesthesia.
The outcome of the surgery seems to be entirely successful—Meg has made a remarkable recovery, and apart from some visual disturbance, she is back to her normal, lively self only three weeks later. We are absolutely delighted with the treatment that both Meg and we (her parents) received at Children's. Both from the clinical and personal aspects, the whole experience was highly professional, caring and reassuring at a very worrying time.
Meg had effectively been "written off" by our neurosurgical department; we were told that her tumor was too critically-sited for resection, even though inevitably, a grade two tumor of this type becomes grade four over very few years. How we found out about Black's enormous expertise, and the technical facilities available to him, is a long story, but suffice to say that when we first met with him in January 2006, he was confident that he could resect the tumor and give Meg back her life. And he has!
My wife and I founded Braintrust to improve available care for brain tumor sufferers in the UK. From our experience with Meg, Children's is our example.