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N.Y. girl, 10, recovering after brain surgery


Andrea Allen, the 10-year-old girl from Rochester, N.Y., whose dog, Pepper, was flown here to help cheer her before brain surgery, was reported in good condition today.

She was recovering in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a 5 1/2 -hour operation yesterday.

"We feel we got most of the tumor and . . . we're optimistic about Andrea's future," said her neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson.

The girl was expected to remain hospitalized for about a week if no complications arise.

Dr. Carson said he removed a tumor about 1 inch in diameter from Andrea's brain stem. Her prognosis for a recurrence of the cancer was "guarded," pending the results of a pathology report on the tumor.

Andrea's cancer first appeared when she was 2. Its growth was halted by radiation and surgery, but the operation left her with hearing, speech and muscle disabilities.

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