Surgeon who operated on young Italian vaccine victim: â€˜You have never seen anything like thisâ€™
Camilla Canepa was operated on by Gianluigi Zona, director of the neurosurgical and neuro-traumatological clinic of the San Martino hospital: â€œI had never seen a brain that was affected by such an extensive and severe thrombosis.â€
The neurosurgeon on duty in San Martino that night was Alessandro dâ€™Andrea, who also called the chief physician to his side at the operating table. â€œWe decided to have a decompression craniotomy, in which the skull is opened to relieve internal pressure.â€
Zona recounted the experience: â€œAll venous sinuses were blocked with thrombi, a scenario I have never seen in my many years in this profession. Think of the venous sinus as the river in the middle of a valley where several streams converge. If a dam is built in the middle of the watercourse, the river swells and the tributaries can no longer drain at this point, so that the pressure rises upstream.