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Fort Wayne girl undergoes surgery to remove rare brain tumor

We first told you about Roxy Gunter in December. Now she's just over a month out of her surgery, and getting back to her old self.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2019 4:32 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A Fort Wayne girl is just over a month out of brain surgery to remove a rare tumor. 

FOX 55 first told you about Roxy Gunter in December. Now she's proudly displaying the scar from her surgery and showing off her shirt that reads, "straight out of brain surgery." 

"You go to sleep, you wake up and then you don't really remember that much when you wake up," Roxy said. 

Roxy's tumor was a teratoma, something that only affects about 20,000 people in the United States every year. 

"I've been going to school ever since I think around the end of January or the beginning of February," she said. 

Roxy isn't allowed to play too rough yet, but she's taken up knitting and her school lets her skip gym class to work on her art. 

"Just to know that surgery went okay and she doesn't have any really long lasting side effects of it, makes me feel good," said Jessie Longsworth, her mom. 

Longsworth said the doctors were able to remove about 85 to 90 percent of the tumor, and she's thankful it wasn't cancerous. 

But Roxy had a bout of chemical meningitis from medication, and she's had some symptoms that her mom worries about.

"They believe she's having auras of having seizures. She's having flashing lights, smelling things that nobody else can smell," Longsworth said. 

Roxy will likely need surgery again in the future. 

"She'll need an MRI about once a year just to check on the growth. They said it took about ten years for it to grow as big as it did, so in about another ten years she's most likely going to have to have another surgery to trim it down," Longsworth said. 

For now, the family is counting their blessings and looking toward the future. 

They're also accepting donations to pay for Roxy's medical bills on their Go Fund Me page. 

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