"Problems with reading comprehension, listening comprehension. If a couple people were talking in a room, I wouldn't understand what was happening," she was quoted as saying.
What became more frustrating for Karanam was that her doctors would contradict each other regarding the source of the problem, NBC said. "The neurologist would say the neurosurgeon is not being practical in your case," Karanam said.
"And the neurosurgeon would say the neurologist is not being optimistic in your case. And I'm like, could someone be educated about this?" Her own research led her to Shahinian who has developed a minimally-invasive way of reaching deep into the brain to extract tumours. "Unlike traditional brain surgery where you open the skull and use metal retractors and you bring a microscope to see in the depths of the brain, what we're doing is keyhole surgery," he was quoted as saying.
The method uses fibre-optic technology with digital imagery. A half-inch incision into the brain allows for an endoscope to reach in and slowly and very delicately chisel away at the tumour. Shahinian said before he invented his technique, the only option to remove this type of tumour would have been surgery that included removing half of the skull.