Johnny Ruffo shares update after brain tumour diagnosis
"I’ve got a little way to go now."
Six months ago Johnny Ruffo revealed to Australia that he had to undergo an emergency operation to remove a 7 cm brain tumour.
The actor/musician was on Channel 7’s The Morning Show with his former Home and Away co-star Lynne McGranger to chat about their passion project ‘Rollin’ In Their Kombi’.
“I am good, I’m doing good. I’ve got a little way to go now. Everything’s looking good and I’m on the mend. Hopefully it all stays the same way and I'll be back on the horse and causing more trouble.
“It was a huge shock. But I didn’t really find out about it until a few days later. Because when it all happened I slipped into a coma first and so by the time I woke up two days later the tutor had been removed and I was then waiting on biopsies to hear whether the tutor was malignant or benign.
“It didn’t really sink in for a good three, four weeks.”
McGranger reveals Ruffo almost died because he was originally misdiagnosed by a doctor who put his numerous headaches down to migraines.
“The doctors put it down to headaches. He almost died because of that misdiagnosis.”
The Home and Away star shared a picture of his surgery scars, contrasting his newly healed head with a shot of the scar just after his life-saving surgery.
The 29-year-old reassured fans, saying, “What a huge difference, now i just need my hair back”
Talking to Fitzy & Wippa in September in 2017, Johnny talked about how close he actually came to dying and his journey back to health, which sadly isn’t over yet.
“I spoke to the neurosurgeon that did the operation… he said to me look, you know, if you hadn’t come in when you did you would’ve died that night. You would’ve had a brain aneurism and not woken up at all.”
The 29-year-old revealed there was a 1 in 20 chance he’d die from the operation on his seven centimetre tumour, which could have been growing for as long as 10 years.
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