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Dr. Ricky Madhok, a neuorological surgeon meets with (Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Dr. Ricky Madhok, a neuorological surgeon meets with Ruth Gutierrez and her daughter Kayla, 8, of Baldwin. (Nov. 17, 2010)

Baldwin woman has rare tumor removed from spine

On Sept. 27, Ruth Gutierrez underwent a successful operation to remove a rare, benign tumor on her spine.

Dr. Ricky Madhok, a neuorological surgeon meets with
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Dr. Ricky Madhok, a neuorological surgeon meets with Ruth Gutierrez and her daughter Kayla, 8, of Baldwin. (Nov. 17, 2010)

Dr. Ricky Madhok, a neuorological surgeon meets with
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Dr. Ricky Madhok, a neuorological surgeon meets with Ruth Gutierrez and her daughter Kayla, 8, of Baldwin. (Nov. 17, 2010)

Dr. Ricky Madhok specializies in neurological surgery at
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Dr. Ricky Madhok specializies in neurological surgery at Nassau University Medical Center and the Harvey Cushing Institutes of Neuroscience at North Shore University Hospital. (Nov. 17, 2010)

Dr. Ricky Madhok specializies in neurological surgery at
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Dr. Ricky Madhok specializies in neurological surgery at Nassau University Medical Center and the Harvey Cushing Institutes of Neuroscience at North Shore University Hospital. (Nov. 17, 2010)

Ruth Gutierrez of Baldwin started having symptoms of
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Ruth Gutierrez of Baldwin started having symptoms of weakness and numbness in her legs and knees and got progressively worse to the point of numbness from her chest to her toes. An MRI was done in August and showed a rare tumor, a thoracic meningioma -- only 1-3 cases per million people, per year -- compressing on the spinal cord. The tumor was removed in September by Dr. Ricky Madhok. (Nov. 17, 2010)

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Ruth Gutierrez of Baldwin started having symptoms of
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Ruth Gutierrez of Baldwin started having symptoms of weakness and numbness in her legs and knees and got progressively worse to the point of numbness from her chest to her toes. An MRI was done in August and showed a rare tumor, a thoracic meningioma -- only 1-3 cases per million people, per year -- compressing on the spinal cord. The tumor was removed in September by Dr. Ricky Madhok. (Nov. 17, 2010)

Ruth Gutierrez of Baldwin comforts her daughter
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Ruth Gutierrez of Baldwin comforts her daughter Kayla, 8, during an interview where Gutierrez spoke about a thoracic meningioma that was compressing on the spinal cord. (Nov. 17, 2010)

Ruth Gutierrez of Baldwin comforts her daughter Kayla,
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Ruth Gutierrez of Baldwin comforts her daughter Kayla, 8, during an interview where Gutierrez spoke about a thoracic meningioma that was compressing on the spinal cord. (Nov. 17, 2010)