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Jovita Moore is resting and recovering ahead of her move to a rehab facility after undergoing brain surgery one week ago.

Channel 2 Action News reports she is expected to remain in the hospital through Friday, April 23, when she will move to a rehab facility to continue her healing process.

Jovita was diagnosed with two small brain tumors after noticing neurological symptoms on April 12.

Just before going on air that day, Jovita told Channel 2's Justin Farmer that she wasn't feeling great.

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"I was really concerned about why all of a sudden I was forgetful, disoriented and just not feeling myself. Feeling like I was in a fog and really wanting to get out of that fog," Jovita said.

Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. "I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn't going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand," Jovita said.

"It was a blessing in disguise that I almost passed out walking into Publix," Jovita said.

A brain scan revealed the brain tumors.

"It's significant. It's gonna be a lot," Jovita said before the surgery. "We had to start then having a conversation about what that was and what that meant."

"Not sure when I'll be back on air but when I'm able, I will be," she said.

More than 23,000 viewers left messages of support for Jovita on her WSB-TV page.

Cards and flowers for Jovita may be sent to WSB-TV (1601 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309).

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Atlanta news icon Jovita Moore underwent successful brain surgery to remove tumors about 10 days after receiving her second Covid-19 mRNA vaccine injection.

Jovita was fully vaccinated weeks before doctors diagnosed two small tumors in her brain.

According to a post on her Instagram page, dated April 2, Jovita took the first experimental vaccine about a month before her brain tumors were discovered.

She captioned the post:

"Last month, this week, two doses, done! About to get in these streets! No, no I'm not. I'm staying in my bubble & only seeing other vaccinated friends for a minute. Still gonna wear a mask when I’m in public, I'll keep washing my hands diligently, and keep my social distance as much as possible. Matter fact, I’ll just stay at work till this is over."

10 days later, Jovita was rushed to an emergency room after nearly losing consciousness at a grocery store on Monday, April 12. A brain scan revealed the tumors.

She is recovering after undergoing surgery on Friday morning. Doctors called her a "model patient," Channel 2 Action News reported.

Just before going on the air on Monday, Jovita told colleague Justin Farmer that she wasn't feeling great.

Later, she nearly lost consciousness in the Publix parking lot. An incident that she described as "walking in quicksand."

"It was a blessing in disguise that I almost passed out walking into Publix," Jovita said. "I was walking. I remember walking across the parking lot and feeling like I wasn’t going to make it to the door. I was almost like walking in quicksand."

Recovery from the surgery will last 8-10 weeks.

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Emmy-winning news anchor Jovita Moore underwent surgery to remove two small brain tumors early Friday morning.

Jovita worked as a news reporter and anchor at Channel 2 Action News for two decades.

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Just before going on the air Monday, Jovita told Channel 2's Justin Farmer that she wasn't feeling well.

Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. "I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn't going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand," Jovita said.

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She was rushed to an emergency room, where a brain scan revealed two small brain masses.

Jovita told co-workers she was sometimes "forgetful, disoriented and just not feeling myself."

What is a Brain Tumor?

A brain tumor occurs when abnormal brain cells clump together to form a mass. As the tumor grows, it presses on the surrounding tissue. Eventually, the pressure on surrounding structures causes symptoms, such as in Jovita's case.

Brain tumors can remain in the brain or metastasize (spread) elsewhere in the body.

Cancer in other parts of the body, such as the lungs, can metastasize to the brain.

Tumors may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

What are the risk factors for a brain tumor?

A family history of cancer is one of the risk factors. About 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary.

Brain tumors are diagnosed more often in Caucasians and biracial, mixed people.

Certain chemicals, such as industrial cleaners, solvents, or medications can increase your risk for brain cancer.

Exposure to radiation can also increase risk.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, people who never had childhood chicken pox are at greater risk of getting brain tumors.

Signs and symptoms of a brain tumor

Signs and symptoms of a brain tumor depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor within the brain. The space surrounding the brain inside the skull doesn't allow for much wiggle room. A tumor, or even an aneursym, will press on surrounding tissues causing noticeable signs and symptoms.

Signs & symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, vertigo
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Change in mental status
  • Memory loss
  • Hand tremors
  • Difficulty walking
  • Numbness or tingling on one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking
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    How are brain tumors diagnosed?

    Your doctor will order diagnostic tests and perform a physical exam. The doctor will use an ophthalmoscope to visualize your optic nerves inside your eues. The scope shines a light in your eyes to see if your pupils are unequal or dilated.

    Diagnostic tests include CT scan, MRI, angiography and skull X-rays.

    How are brain tumors treated?

    Treatment depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor. The most common treatment is surgery to remove the tumor.

    Surgery can also be combined with chemotherapy and radiation.

    There are risks involved with brain surgery, such as loss of mobility, loss of speech and paralysis. Post-surgical infection is also likely.

    Patients may temporarily lose the ability to walk or speak after surgery, depending on the location of the tumor that was removed.

    Some patients will require physical therapy or speech therapy after surgery.

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    WSB-TV anchor Jovita Moore is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove two small brain tumors on Friday, April 16.

    Jovita worked as a news reporter and anchor at Channel 2 Action News for two decades.

    Just before going on air Monday, Jovita told Channel 2's Justin Farmer that she wasn't feeling well, according to Channel 2 Action News.

    Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. "I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn't going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand," Jovita said.

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    She was rushed to an emergency room, where a brain scan revealed two small brain masses.

    "And so we had to start then having a conversation about what that was and what that meant," Jovita said.

    Her neurosurgeon Dr. Edjah Nduom is unclear about her prognosis. They will know more after the surgery Friday morning.

    Post-surgery recovery will take 8-10 weeks. She is currently surrounded by family and friends.

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    Lupita Nyong'o paid tribute to her "Queen of Katwe" co-star Nikita Pearl Waliga in a touching Instagram post on Sunday, following the announcement of the 15-year-old's tragic death from brain cancer.

    The teenager died at TMR International Hospital in the Ugandan capital of Kampala on Saturday, according to a Twitter announcement from the school in Uganda where she was a student.

    Waliga was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and, after radiation therapy, she was told she was cancer-free a year later. However, another tumor was detected in 2019, WENN.com reports.

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    Nikita (right) was best known for her only starring role in Queen of Katwe as Gloria, a friend of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (played by Madina Nalwanga). The film also starred David Oyelowo and Lupita, who played Mutesi's mother in the Disney film.

    Sharing a snap of Nikita from the movie, Lupita wrote:

    "It is with great sadness that I post about the passing of Nikita Waligwa, the sweet, warm, talented girl whom I worked with on the film, Queen Of Katwe. She played Gloria with such vibrancy. In her real life she had the enormous challenge of battling brain cancer.

    "My thoughts and prayers are with her family and community as they come to terms with having to say goodbye so soon. May she truly rest in piece [sic]. May it be well with her soul."

     

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    Simpson, 66, is serving a 33-year prison sentence in a Nevada prison for kidnapping, assault and robbery. Many believe Simpson is also paying the price for getting away with murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman, in a fit of rage in 1994. Simpson was represented by a "dream team" of high profile lawyers including Johnnie Cochran and Robert Kardashian, Kim Kardashian's late father.

    A source told The National Enquirer Simpson is undergoing "secret" tests to confirm a brain tumor. Simpson reportedly has a history of diabetes and chronic high blood pressure.

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    Breast cancer survivor Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor after experiencing memory problems.

    Crow, 50, said she grew concerned when she forgot the lyrics to one of her songs onstage.

    "I was worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumour," Sheryl told Las Vegas Review-Journal.

    The Grammy award winner, who was serenaded by Rihanna at a recent breast cancer benefit, told her audience "I'm 50, what can I say? My brain's gone to s--t."

    Crow will not require surgery.

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