- Paul Hutchinson and Lisa Bamforth’s wedding was postponed twice given Paul’s cancer and the COVID-19 pandemic.
- An innovative robotic surgery done to Paul, which shortened hospital and recovery time, made it possible for them to finally tie the knot!
- Paul was the first case of The Christie, the cancer center specializing on the intricate procedure.
A young couple’s wedding was delayed twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the groom’s cancer, but an innovative cancer treatment made it finally happen.
Paul Hutchinson was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which is traditionally treated through a major abdominal surgery that requires intensive care, seven-day hospital confinement, and long months of recovery. But things worked out in his favor when he was considered a good candidate for a robotic surgery at a Manchester cancer center, The Christie.
The Christie’s robotic treatment was the first of its kind in the UK. It involves keyhole surgery, directed by a surgeon and performed by the intricate robotic machinery. It shortens the hospital stay to just 48 hours and the home recovery to just a few weeks — giving Paul enough time to prepare for his big day with his two daughters.
“I genuinely didn’t think we could go ahead with the wedding as I was convinced I would not be well enough,” Paul told The Christie. “The incredible robotic operation has dramatically reduced my recovery time and left me feeling fit and well.”
True enough, Paul finally tied the knot with fiancée Lisa Bamforth at St. John’s Church in Lancashire on August 8.
Lisa shared how relieved she was that Paul’s surgery was successful and “that he had the opportunity to be treated in this incredible way.”
“The news that he needed this operation, after successfully undergoing chemotherapy and surgery in 2014, came completely out of the blue and we thought we would have to cancel the wedding again,” Lisa said.
Aziz Gulamhusein, consultant urological and robotic surgeon at The Christie, said that it was a first for the center to engage its “state of the art robotic equipment,” which helped in doing the intricate procedure with such precision to treat Paul’s cancer.
He added that “To be involved in such a highly specialized procedure using the latest technology is an amazing achievement for the team.”
One of the largest robotic centers in the UK, The Christie aims to use its experience in retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for metastatic testicular cancer to allow more patients to undergo minimally invasive surgery.
With the help of its robot’s highly magnified 3D view with intricate instrument dexterity, the surgeons ensure careful removal of cancerous nodes while preserving nerves.
Plus, having a much shorter convalescence will not be a question.
Via GoodNews Network