On 15th June 2010 after 4 days of headaches, Adam (who was 7 at the time) was diagnosed with a Craniopharyngioma – a rare benign tumor of the brain that grows in the area of the pituitary gland. He had hydrocephalus and a large cyst around the tumor which were causing the severe headaches.
On 18th June Adam underwent an operation in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin. The doctors released the hydrocephalus and drained the cyst. Because of the location of the tumor, total removal could result in complications that would affect the quality of his life following surgery. Therefore Adam still has the tumor and will require regular check-ups well into his adulthood to monitor the tumor. This care will be done in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.