October 24, 2008
Third Brain Surgery for Ballestros
Retired professional golf legend Seve Ballestros has undergone a third surgery on a cancerous brain tumor.
Doctors at La Paza hospital in Madrid had performed two other surgeries since Ballesteros collapsed Oct. 6 at a local airport and the third was called "successful."
In a statement, the hospital said the tumor affects cells that cover and protect and nervous system cells in the brain and spinal cord and is in a hard to reach location.
"The targets planned have been achieved and have eliminated the oedema and the remnants of the tumor," doctors said after the six-hour operation led by chief brain surgeon Javier Heredero. "The patient is stable... and is currently under observation in the intensive care unit."