13-year-old Kenmore West student prepares for brain surgery


KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) —  A local Kenmore West high school student is getting ready to have brain surgery to remove a tumor. Doctors say less than twp percent of people experience symptoms, but she’s experiencing more than 20 symptoms.

Thirteen year-old Meghan Pawlak has a Pineal Cyst in her brain which is also considered a tumor.

“If you would have told me that I was going to have brain surgery last year, I wouldn’t have believed you at all,” said Meghan Pawlak.

Meghan’s family says Buffalo doctors told her it wasn’t a big deal and prescribed her medications that made her feel worse.

“You didn’t feel like they were listening to you. We had to ask for a 24 hour EKG, we had to ask for the MRI, said Thomas Pawlak, Meghan’s father.

Doctors told the Pawlak family that people don’t usually experience symptoms, but Meghan was. She suffered with chills, headaches, stuttering and being light headed, ultimately missing out on school and her life.

“My symptoms get in the way a lot and I can’t really do anything anymore. I feel left out and upset because I was really excited to go to Kenmore West,” said Meghan.

After a lot of research, Meghan’s mother found the only doctor in the country that could do her surgery in Houston, Texas. It’s a five hour surgery that will remove the cyst and Meghan will eventually be pain free.

“It’s an amazing feeling knowing you’re finally getting the help you need,” said Meghan.

Her surgery is scheduled for October 26. After a few weeks of recovery, Meghan will be able to return back to school and hang out with her friends.

The family has received an outpouring of support from the Buffalo community, raising over $15,000 online.

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