Boy With Brain Tumor Back in Hospital
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A 9-year-old boy with a brain tumor who rebounded from near death when his grandmother visited from Lebanon is back in the hospital after a relapse, hospital officials said Thursday.
Roger Soliman’s health deteriorated Monday, and he was re-admitted to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles the next day, said spokeswoman Edith Anderson.
″He was admitted with signs of increased pressure,″ Dr. Stuart Siegel said. ″He was having severe headaches and some vomiting.″
Siegel said Roger has been undergoing chemotherapy, and there was no sign the tumor was growing.
″This problem is not related to the medication. This can be just a reaction to tumor growth or the tumor starting to fall apart. It’s too early for us to evaluate,″ he said.
Roger was in poor condition Jan. 4 when his Lebanese grandmother, Khadiga Hassan Naanouh, was brought to the hospital. He had undergone surgery for a previous tumor and had been on chemotherapy since August 1983.
He rebounded after the visit, encouraging doctors to try new medication and to let him go home on Jan. 10.
Roger’s condition improved Thursday.
″He’s awake. His headache is better and he’s starting to eat again,″ Siegel said. ″He’s a pretty happy kid. He doesn’t seem to get too depressed, even though his conditon is serious.″
Roger’s mother and grandmother were taking turns visiting him this week at the medical center, Ms. Anderson said.
″The surprise of Roger’s rapid recovery is still keeping their spirits very, very high,″ said Mike Lewis, chairman of the Los Angeles Make-A-Wish Foundation. ″They knew that he would require further treatment. Their hope quotient is very high.″
The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants last wishes of terminally ill children, had arranged to have Roger’s grandmother flown in from Lebanon. The boy had not seen her in three years, Ms. Anderson said.
″He was in a deep sleep and she stepped into the room and began speaking in Arabic and he opened his eyes and began speaking back. Everybody was just flabbergasted,″ Ms. Anderson said.
Hugs, kisses and tears followed.
″We know that Roger’s illness did not go away, all we really did for him is enhance a quality of life for him for a period of time,″ Lewis said. ″We’re very hopeful that the new drugs will prolong him.″