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Montana teen going home after brain tumor treatment

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A 13-year-old boy from Montana had gone his whole life not knowing what caused his strange behaviors. But recently he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, and he came to Phoenix for treatment.

FOX 10 was there for his final appointment before heading home.

13-year-old Angelo Whitewolf and his family had been searching for answers for years after he started developing early and began acting up in class.

"He looks a lot older than he is, and something else we noticed was a lot of clumsiness," said Deanna Hinton.

"He was 18 pounds heavier, nothing but muscle, looked like he lifted weights, that didn't make a lot of sense," said his mom Deanna.

Finally in May they had an answer, Angelo had a rare brain tumor that was affecting his growth.

"There are two main symptoms, hypothalamic hamartoma, one is gelastic epilepsy, or laughing seizures... the second most common symptom is precocious puberty, where children, sometimes very young children start to go through puberty," said Dr Ruth Bristol.

Angelo's family did some research and found the Phoenix Children's Hospital had surgeons with experience with the condition. They say they're just happy they found help before it got worse.

"I really think that you know, every place should be educated," said Hinton.

Angelo underwent surgery and rehab at the hospital. He's expected to get back to playing the sports he loves, but will have to take it easy.

"Playing basketball, and track, and basketball. I did play football, but I can't play that anymore," said Angelo.

Angelo and his mom will head back to Montana Tuesday. Dr. Bristol said the Phoenix Children's Hospital alone treats 7-10 cases of the rare condition a year.
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