A teenage girl who was temporarily blinded by a rare brain tumor is on her way to making a miraculous recovery.
Emily Dent, 14, from Bletchley, started having headaches and migraines when she was around 11, but doctors passed them off as just that for the next two and a half years.
In March her mum Amy, dad Darren and brother Jack, six, were about to go out when Emily had an extremely painful ‘headache’ before going completely blind.
Amy said: “We got her to A&E but she was sick and didn’t know who I was. They put her on a drip and by the next day her sight came back and she was back to normal.
“She had an MRI scan and the doctor took Darren and I to a side room and said they had found a tumor on Emily’s brain. It was the worst day of our lives and the last thing we expected.”
Emily was rushed to the neuro ward in John Radcliffe hospital where she was told doctors would have to get the tumor out as it was life threatening. The tumor itself, Choroid Plexus Papilloma, is extremely rare and there is a one in a million chance of getting it.
On April 1, Emily underwent a nine-hour operation to remove it before spending the next 24 hours on the high dependency unit. Just 11 days later she was released.
Amy said: “The operation took longer than expected but the wonderful neuro surgeons removed the tumor and they are confident there’s nothing left on the scans. I am so proud of her and so thankful to everyone. It has been lovely to see everyone pulling together.
“Emily has been re-admitted three times as she was very poorly after the initial discharge and spent nearly five weeks in hospital, but we would like to thank all of the wonderful doctors and nurses in Oxford and the hundreds of people who have sent messages of support.”
Emily said: “When it was first diagnosed I felt scared and even now I am really emotional and will cry at random times. I hate hospitals now but I am much happier.
“I’m very lucky and I am looking forward to getting back to school.”
> Emily’s family is now organising a party to raise money for Headsmart and the Brain Tumour Charity and to celebrate how brave she has been.
They are looking for a large venue and a DJ for free or at a reduced price so more money can go directly to the charities. For more or to help call Amy on 07803 307100.