A woman who underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in her neck said she died a day later after doctors removed a large chunk of her brain.
Ava Jarek, of Dallas, was admitted to the Dallas Regional Medical Center on Sunday after being diagnosed with Stage 3 brain cancer.
Doctors removed a piece of the brain from her left side in the emergency room, but she died the next day.
Jarek had been undergoing surgery to try and remove a tumours that had developed in her brain, but was told it would not work.
Jaren Johnson, the mother of Jarem, said she was shocked when she learned her daughter was dead.
She said her daughter had a history of multiple sclerosis, a progressive disease of the nervous system.
“She had multiple sclerosis and the surgery to make her get the brain removed was to try to make it stop the cancer from getting to her brain,” Johnson said.
“And they said it was not going to work.”
Johnson said Jareks surgery was not the only one that took place.
The surgery to help remove a piece off Jarembs neck was the third and only one she said was successful.
“It’s sad to hear about the other two that didn’t work and she had to die because of it,” Johnson told ABC News.
“We have a lot of people that have been diagnosed with cancer and we are just so grateful that she was able to live.”
Jarembk said the tumour on her brain had grown to the point where she had a chance of surviving if she had her surgery done at the hospital.
She had two operations on her neck to remove it.
Jarempes father was able because he was able pay for it out of his own pocket.
“I just wanted her to be able to go to a normal life and have a normal family life,” Johnson added.
Johnson said her sister-in-law, Tanya Loy, had her brain removed when she was 5 years old.
She said she felt like her sister had been robbed of a normal childhood.
“My sister- in-law had a normal upbringing and we never knew what she had going on with her life,” she said.
“There are a lot more kids that have had brain tumours or cancers than we do.”
Doctors at the Dallas hospital said they are treating Jaremmbs death as a pre-existing condition and they have removed a section of her spinal cord.
The hospital says the surgery will be performed by a specialist.JAREMBK’S FACEBOOK PAGE ‘IT’S ALL OVER’Jaremp said she wanted to share her story to raise awareness about brain tumour treatment.
“This is something that affects me everyday and that’s why I want to share this so that people can know that you don’t have to wait until you are 65 or 80 to have a brain tumouring,” she told ABC’s “20/20” in an exclusive interview.
“You don’t need to wait for the end of your life to have the surgery.
The doctors say it’s going to be done in two weeks.
It’s just a matter of time and you just have to get on with it.”
Doctors say a brain tumor can be treated and removed in two to three weeks.
The Dallas hospital says a surgeon can remove a brain stem in one hour.
Jared W. O’Connor is a health and science reporter for ABC News Digital.
Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.