'So Far, So Good' For Young Brain Surgery Patient


Four-year-old Ashley Allen, who on Friday had a second cancerous tumor removed from her brain, is talking, moving, and reportedly cancer-free.

"So far, so good," the Payson girl's father, Frank Allen, said Monday. "The doctors got the tumor all taken out. They did another (brain) scan and found that they got it all."

A CAT scan a few weeks ago had revealed a walnut-sized tumor on the rear exterior of Ashley's brain -- near where an earlier lemon-sized tumor was removed last November.

Unlike the first procedure, this one required doctors at Phoenix Children's Hospital to remove a small section of Ashley's brain. Her parents had been warned that such a procedure might affect Ashley's speech and personality, and the mobility of the right side of her body.

But so far, Allen said, so good.

"She woke up, she could talk, her eyes aren't droopy, and she could move her right side," Allen said. "Early indications show that she does (have some right-body mobility), but she hasn't been up walking around yet.

"And she's not passive. They asked is she wanted her IV out and she said, 'No! Do it later!'

"She's only said a dozen or two words, but it looks like it went really well," Allen said.

"We were kind of prepared for the worst, and so far that hasn't shown up. We'll have to see what things look like in a few weeks."

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