Yamini Karanam, 26, knew something was wrong with her, but didn’t know what. She had been a brilliant Ph.D. student who started having difficulty understanding simple articles. And when friends and colleagues spoke to her, the sentences would get confused in her mind. She had moved from Hyderabad, India, to Indianapolis to study computer science. Then, after going on vacation, instead of feeling refreshed, she was even more exhausted and slept for two weeks straight, according to the Washington Post.
Yamini had extreme headaches and the pain radiated into her body, and she had trouble eating. But her mystery was about to be solved. She was at her wit’s end, and she said the following, according to Stuff.
“The fear didn’t sink in yet. [My] will was undeterred because it was hardly put to test. [My] energy levels were sinking and fatigue started crippling [my] days… Months and weeks slipped through [my] fingers. There weren’t any diagnostic procedures left to run on [me]… Now, they called it a tumour and that’s all 21st century medicine could do in three months.”
She had seen many specialists — neurologists and neurosurgeons — and still was suffering, as many doctors thought surgery would do irreparable damage to her brain. Finally, she sent out a desperate plea to end her suffering, according to Stuff.
“Could you please put an end to it one way or the other?”
Her friends raised over $35,000 for her surgery. Finally, Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, at the Skullbase Institute in Los Angeles, handled the case. He made an incision in the back of Yamini’s skull and used an endoscope to discover what was causing her to suffer and found it was a very rare type of benign tumor: a ‘teratoma,’ complete with bone, hair, and teeth inside the brain of Yamini Karanam, 26, according to the Mirror. The doctor said the following regarding how rare this type of intracranial teratoma is. “This is my second one, and I’ve probably taken out 7,000 or 8,000 brain tumors,” he said, according to the Washington Post.
Teratomas have mystified scientists for almost a century. Some scientists have speculated that they are basically twins that never developed properly and are, instead, absorbed into the surviving baby’s body. In fact, sometimes newborns have large teratomas attached to them like a conjoined twin.
So Yamini called the teratoma that was removed her “evil twin.” It certainly had given her enough trouble to be thought of as such. Finally rid of her “evil twin,” Yamini said the following, according to the Washington Post.
“[I am rid of the] evil twin sister who’s been torturing me for the past 26 years. It’s more of a happy brain! I was stuck with it much longer than I thought. It doesn’t leave you much choice other than to deal with it the best you can.”
Another medical miracle occurred to David Hibbitt, who had cancer and was given only 18 months to live. He had gone through arduous chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions prior to surgery to remove his large bowel in March, 2013, none of which were successful. Friends suggested that he try cannabis oil, which ultimately cured him, he indicated, according to an article in the Inquisitr.
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