CARLSBAD — Josue Ramos, an 18-year-old senior from Carlsbad High School has long been looking forward to June 13, 2013 – the day he was expected to graduate from high school. But all of those plans changed when it was discovered that Ramos had a life-threatening brain tumor requiring immediate surgery.Ramos had been suffering from headaches for months when his mother decided to take him to the emergency room at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas to be evaluated. Doctors discovered the 5.5-centimeter benign brain tumor at the back of his head. The tumor was growing at a rapid pace, and if left unattended, could have been fatal. Scripps neurosurgeon Sanjay Ghosh, performed three procedures during the past week at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla to remove the cherry-sized mass, and now Ramos is on the road to recovery.
In his hospital room – and wearing his purple cap and gown – Ramos was presented with his high school diploma by Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent Suzette Lovely and Carlsbad High School Principal Matthew Steitz, as family, friends and Scripps care providers looked on.