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Ringo's daughter has brain surgery

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BOSTON, Sept. 21 -- Ringo Starr's 24-year-old daughter, Lee Starkey, was recuperating Thursday after undergoing surgery at a Boston hospital to remove a brain tumor. Doctors at Brigham and Woman's Hospital said they were pleased with her prognosis and that the tumor was 'completely removed.'

Starkey 'has responded exceptionally well to the surgery,' said Dr. Peter Black, the hospital's chief neurosurgeon who performed the four- hour operation on Saturday. The daughter of the former Beatles drummer was discharged Wednesday, but she is expected to remain in the Boston area for about six weeks for daily radiation treatments at the hospital. Doctors in London had first diagnosed the problem late last month and drained fluid from her brain. They recommended she go to Boston so that Black could perform the procedure. Brigham & Women's was recommended because it had developed a technique to create a three-dimensional map of the brain using multiple Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans. Starr recently canceled the remainder of his All-Starr Band's tour to be with his daughter. He, his second wife Barbara Bach and son Jason reportedly have been at her bedside since she was admitted. Lee and Jason are Starr's children by his first wife, Maureen Cox Tigrett, who died last year of leukemia.

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