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Possibly postponed: Complications sometimes put planned surgeries on hold

  |   Celebrities, Fundraisers, Pediatric Neurosurgery

Genia Francoi smiles at her 7-month-old daughter Violonda as they wait to see what doctors find out from lab tests. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

By Jennifer Browning

Not all children scheduled for surgery head to the operating room. Sometimes complications occur such as a fever or signs of possible infection.

Violonda, who was originally scheduled for endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), awoke with a fever, so doctors postponed the surgery. In addition, doctors took a sample of brain fluid to send to the lab to check for an infection. If Violonda doesn’t have an infection, and her fever returns to normal, then doctors will proceed with her surgery.