Tyler waits anxiously for test results
HERVEY Bay man Tyler Rostedt is recovering from surgery to remove a tumour growing at the base of his brain, but the end result was not what his family was hoping for.
Just over a month ago, the 25-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour while studying and living in Utah, America.
After Tyler's doctors and family fought with his insurance company to partly cover the surgery and recovery, the coverage was approved less than 10 hours before the operation began.
At about 3.10am AEST yesterday, Tyler went into surgery which lasted almost three hours, but the doctors could not remove the entire tumour in that time.
A family member told the Chronicle doctors said if they had gone any further with the surgery at that point, it would have "destroyed Tyler completely".
The family member said the growth looked "grey and abnormal", but it would be another seven to 10 days until they found out if it was cancerous or not.
By 10am AEST yesterday, Tyler was awake and talking, but was still "groggy" and "asking for ice to suck on."
The family member said it was still unknown if the surgery had affected his ability to dance, but it was a problem they would deal with further down the track.
They said their biggest concern at the moment was Tyler's well-being.
Tyler's insurance has covered this surgery and five days in hospital for recovery, however any future tests or scans will not be covered.