[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/HEALTH/01/29/tumor.surgery.lifesaving/art.omniguide.cnn.jpg caption="MRI scan pre-operation: The boy's extremely large tumor was located right in the center of the brain."]
A brain surgeon performed what he called a "life-saving" surgery on a teenager by removing a large brain tumor using a method he read about on CNN.com just three days earlier.
Dr. Thomas Ellis, a senior neurosurgeon at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, the United States, said he had become "very demoralized" after an unsuccessful six-hour operation to remove a tumor from a 19-year-old named Brandon.
"I had had to give the boy's mother the bad news and that is not something I am used to. She was crying and it was very hard. Your story truly came at the perfect time," Ellis said.
"I am inclined to believe that it is the work of God that I came across your article that very night," the surgeon told CNN.
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