Amber together with her brother, and proper, in hospital (Image: SWNS)
Amber Hanna spent years attempting to get assist for painful complications however was instructed they had been ‘simply migraines’.
However when she began vomiting uncontrollably in February this 12 months, medical doctors found she truly had a mind tumour, which had burst in her head.
The 17-year-old wanted three operations to take away the uncommon choroid plexus tumour, which had prompted a build-up of fluid on her mind.
Surgeons eliminated a part of her cranium to suit a drain to scale back the surplus fluid.
They then injected glue into the tumour to make it simpler to take away, which they did in a remaining operation two days later.
Amber, from Belfast, mentioned: ‘I felt worse than ever and I couldn’t cease vomiting. The paramedics got here and took me to Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH).
‘They scanned me and the very first thing they found was a haemorrhage in my mind.
‘Later they discovered a tumour, which had burst, inflicting my sudden and excessive signs.
‘My superb surgeon, Mr Mano Shanmuganathan, works on the hospital however lives in England.
‘I’m instructed he cancelled his flight house that day as a way to keep and function on me, because it was so pressing. I’m so very grateful to him for that.’
Earlier than the operation, Amber’s complications had been so dangerous, she was continuously lacking faculty.
She had been struggling since she was a toddler however they acquired steadily worse and she or he was all the time instructed she was having migraines.
She mentioned: ‘My mum took me to the GP time and again to attempt to get me referred for a scan however we had been all the time instructed it was simply migraines, attributable to stress.
Amber Hanna together with her brother Sebastian (Image: Mind Tumour Analysis / SWNS)
‘I truly felt as if my migraines had been inflicting me to be pressured and never the opposite manner round.
‘I might get a throbbing ache in my head, blurred imaginative and prescient and ringing in my ears.
‘It was notably dangerous within the morning, so waking up for varsity was actually laborious.
‘My attendance was so poor and I used to be placed on a lowered timetable, so I didn’t have to start out till later within the day.’
The operation lastly defined years of ache and whereas she is recovering nicely, it has prompted another points.
Amber developed epilepsy as an after-effect and in addition has a very numb left arm and weak spot within the left facet of her physique.
Amber mentioned: ‘There’s a little bit of the tumour left, which they weren’t in a position to take away however the excellent news is that it’s a low-grade tumour and so they have a tendency to not develop again.’
Amber Hanna in hospital (Image: Mind Tumour Analysis/SWNS)
Amber, who lives together with her mum Daniella, brother Sebastian, 26, and 23-year-old sister Charlotte, says her psychological well being has additionally improved because the prognosis.
She added: ‘I haven’t gone again to highschool but. I managed to sit down a few of my GCSE exams in the summertime however I didn’t get the grades I ought to have gotten.’
Amber is now working with the charity Mind Tumour Analysis to assist elevate consciousness of the illness and encourage individuals to sign a petition launched by the charity.
She is campaigning to extend the nationwide funding into mind tumour analysis to £35 million a 12 months, according to different cancers akin to leukaemia, breast and prostate.
Amber Hanna together with her sister (Image: Mind Tumour Analysis / SWNS)
She mentioned: ‘I need to use my expertise as a drive for good.
‘I’m so fortunate that my tumour was treatable and that I’ve a vibrant future forward of me.
‘My psychological well being is so significantly better than it was earlier than my prognosis and my bodily well being continues to enhance.
‘The constructive facet of getting emergency surgical procedure was that I didn’t have time to get anxious in regards to the operation – it simply occurred.
‘Above all, my household and I are simply so relieved they discovered it and that it was treatable and I not endure from the debilitating migraines I used to endure.
‘Sadly, that isn’t the case for thus many different mind tumour sufferers and that should change.
‘I might urge everybody to signal the petition, to marketing campaign for elevated funding and finally, assist discover a remedy for this terrible illness.’
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