My operation has two parts. First of all remove the tumour; then straighten the spine.

The International Neuroscience Institute in Germany specialises in healthcare for diseases of the nervous system and has warned that costs "might not be under 50,000 Euros".

They will be able to give a more exact quote should I go to them for a thorough diagnosis. Even then, I face additional costs, such as travel to Germany, accommodation, and after any operation - rehabilitation costs.

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