An Austrian medical student given only a few months to live by Vienna doctors earlier this year will leave Japan for home in January almost fully recovered from a malignant brain tumour.
GV EXTERIOR.. University Hospital
MV Dr. Hatanaka to patient and sister
CU Dr. Hatanaka
CU Patient Hubert Roszkydal
CU His sister
MV Patient and sister PAN to doctor
CU Neurosurgery taking place (5 shots)
MV Patient wheeled into radiation bay
CU Oxygen pipes
TV Protective door moving into position
SCU Technicians working on patient from outside (4 shots)
CU Red flashing light & MV exterior of radiation bay (2 shots)
CU Dr. Hatanaka examines patient's partially paralysed hand (5 shots)
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Background: An Austrian medical student given only a few months to live by Vienna doctors earlier this year will leave Japan for home in January almost fully recovered from a malignant brain tumour.
Hubert Ozkydal, aged 25, could hardly walk when he arrived at the University of Tokyo Hospital at the beginning of November with his left side seriously paralysed.
Now, as a result of a new radiation treatment developed at Tokyo University's Neurosurgery Department, he can walk again. Accompanied by his sister, Elisabeth, he will spend a month touring Japan before returning home.
It was his sister who read about the new Japanese treatment -- developed by Dr. Hiroshi Hatanaka, working under Professor Keiji Sano -- after a Vienna operation had ???at with no success. Austrian Prime Minister Bruno Kreisky paid part of the travelling expenses of the Rozkydals.
SYNOPSIS: At the Neurosurgery department of Tokyo University Hospital, researchers have developed a method of radiation treatment which has brought new hope to brain tumour victims.
Last month, Doctor Hiroshi Hatanaka of the Neurosurgery Department received a new patient -- twenty-five year-old Austrian medical student Hubert Rozkydal. His sister Elisabeth had read about the Japanese development after Austrian doctors had given her brother only a few months to live. Doctor Hatanaka first went through normal neurosurgery procedures. He removed a large slice of the malignant tumour from Rozkydal's brain, being careful to avoid damaging healthy cells. Then the patient was taken to the Tokyo Nuclear Research Institute.
There he was injected with a recently-developed soluble boron isotope, and placed for nine hours in a radiation-chamber. The isotope flows through the veins and into the brain, where it reacts with the radiation. This radiation causes the isotope to break down and emit alpha rays -- in effect a highly controlled nuclear explosion. The alpha rays produced are very selective, and destroy only the malignant tumour cells -- leaving the healthy brain cells untouched. After nine hours the tumour is eaten away.
Meanwhile, the scientists and surgeons can only wait... and hope for success.
afterwards Doctor Hatanaka again met with his patient... the operation had been successful. Before, Hubert Rozkydal could not walk and suffered almost complete paralysis. Now his brain is clear, and only one hand remains partially paralysed. Six months before he was given only eight weeks to live.