Twelve-year-old Kenneth Farrington underwent a successful lobotomy at the Princess Margaret Hospital three weeks ago. Kenneth has been given a clean bill of health and is expected to lead a normal life. Pictured sitting from left: Kenneth’s mother, Pearl Mitchel; Kenneth Farrington and Dr Magnus Ekedede, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Head of Division of Neurosurgery, PMH. Standing from left: Dr Vernard McPhee, SHO Neurosurgery, who was on the surgical team and Dr Geoffrey Pennerman, Medical Chief of Staff.
Nassau, Bahamas — The First-ever lobotomy performed in The Bahamas and in the region was a resounding success.
The exciting news was delivered at a press conference held at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Thursday, December 10.
“Sometimes you hear about PMH, and you only hear the bad things but a lot of good things happen here, so today, I would like to tell you about one of those ‘good’ thing,” said Dr Magnus Ekedede, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Head of Division of Neurosurgery at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Dr Ekedede said the lobotomy performed on 12-year-old Grand Bahama resident, Kenneth Farrington, was similar to the procedure made famous by Dr Ben Carson who operated on conjoined twins several years ago in the United States.
“This is a very ‘difficult and tricky’ procedure that if not done correctly, can be devastating and if done correctly, results in the success seen here today.”
The first of its kind in The Bahamas, Dr Ekedede, who led the team of doctors performing the five-hour surgery three weeks ago, said that it was a collaborative effort.
“There were several persons who were involved and so I would like to name Dr McDowell, Board Certified Neurosurgeon; Dr Vernard McPhee, SHO Neurosurgery; Sister Richards and her team; and the anaesthesiologist, Dr Rowe and his team and of course Ms Coralee Adderley who is always supportive.”
According to Pearl Mitchel, the mother of Kenneth Farrington, up to three weeks ago, her son was a ‘normal’ preteen who just fell ill at school due to an epileptic seizure – a condition unknown to her at the time.
“He was never sick like that before so it came in at quite a shock.”
Ms Mitchel said she was called to his school, Jack Hayward Senior where he is a seventh grader, and was told that her son had fallen ill.
Dr Ekedede explained that fortunately for Kenneth – who was initially diagnosed as having a possible ‘malignant’ tumour – it turned out to be a vascular tumour, all of which the doctors were able to successfully remove from the frontal lobe of the brain.
Dr Ekedede said even though it has only been three weeks since the operation it is not premature to call it a success, as complications would have manifested themselves within two to five days.
Medical Chief of Staff, Dr Geoffrey Pennerman also said the operation was a ‘spectacular’ success.
“What is interesting is that the young man is cured. All of the brain does something and you would logically assume that if you took out a piece, that there would be some kind of deficit,” Dr Pennerman said.
“He has no deficit, no loss of memory, no weakness, he walks normally and he can see.”
Kenneth will be periodically monitored over the next year. For now, Dr Ekedede said for now Kenneth has been given a clean bill of health and is expected to lead a normal life.