Pregnant brain tumor patient finds answers, comfort at MD Anderson

Kylie Temple knew from a young age that she loved kids. As a NICU nurse in Mississippi, Kylie spends her days around infants, and in 2015, her first son, Riley, was born. “My husband and I knew we wanted him to have a sibling,” Kylie says. Unfortunately, she experienced back-to-back miscarriages, which she learned were caused by a rare blood-clotting disorder. When Kylie became pregnant again in 2018, she was prescribed blood thinners to protect the pregnancy, and was determined to carry her second son, Reid, to term. But a brain tumor diagnosis nearly derailed her plans. Scared, but determined after brain tumor diagnosis At 18 weeks pregnant, midway through her second trimester, Kylie woke up in the hospital, where her family told her she’d had multiple seizures the night before. “Thankfully, I don’t remember anything from that night,” Kylie says. In the ER, scans revealed Kylie had a brain tumor. The local hospital quickly transferred her to a nearby medical center, where doctors gave her steroids to control the seizures and referred her case to the tumor board. When their recommendation came back, Kylie knew she had to get a second opinion. “They didn’t want to do anything until after I delivered,” Kylie says. “I knew the tumor caused the seizures, which were not good for me or Reid. I was scared to death, but I was determined to fight and live to see my boys grow up.” Why Kylie chose MD Anderson for brain tumor surgery Kylie called MD Anderson and was scheduled to see neurosurgeon Sherise Ferguson, M.D., in the Brain and Spine Center within a...