A mother has claimed that an eye test at Specsavers saved the life of her daughter after an optician discovered she had a deadly brain tumor.
Millie Garbutt was advised to get an up-to-date eye test from her doctor after she was sent home from school four years ago with paralyzing headaches.
But the optometrist, on the South Croydon branch, saw that her optic nerve was swollen – a sign of a brain tumor – and referred her to a hospital checkup.
Scans then showed that Millie, now 14, had a deadly brain tumor, which surgeons say had been growing for ten years.
Doctors removed most of the mass in a mammoth surgery of 10 and a half hours.
Millie Garbutt was advised to get an up-to-date eye test by her doctor after being sent home from school four years ago with a crippling headache (pictured with her mother Emma and optometrist Nirisha Patel)
But the optometrist, at Specsaver & # 39; s South Croydon branch, saw her optic nerve swollen and referred her to a hospital check. Scans then showed that Millie had a deadly brain tumor
Doctors removed most of the mass in a mammoth surgery of 10 and a half hours (photo, the scan of Millie's eyes that saw the tumor)
Her mother Emma said: & # 39; Besides the surgeon, I cannot emphasize enough how much I believe that the eye test saved her life.
& # 39; If you have not done that yet, make sure you do regular research, because you never know what else it could discover, except for the fact that you need glasses. & # 39;
Millie is said to have been left wheelchair-bound and unable to speak. However, it is currently unclear how.
Mrs. Garbutt said she is investigating & # 39; the possibility & # 39; to go to the US for treatment to improve & # 39; her speech and walking skills & # 39 ;.
The 45-year-old added: & # 39; But most importantly, this brain tumor did not kill her and I still have her by my side. & # 39;
Millie was only 10 when she first suffered from paralyzing headache from her brain tumor.
Her mother Emma said: & # 39; In addition to the surgeon, I cannot emphasize enough how much I believe they saved her life with her eye test & # 39; (photo left recently and right in the hospital)
Millie is said to have been left wheelchair-bound and unable to speak. However, it is currently unclear how (pictured with her mother)
Millie (photo) was only 10 when she first suffered from paralyzing headache from her brain tumor
Mrs. Garbutt said: “As soon as Millie told me she was poor, I quickly asked if she did it to come out of PE. But as the days went by, I knew that was not the case. She tried to go to school, but came home and fell asleep & # 39;
She added that Millie & # 39; pure water & # 39; started vomiting, forcing her daughter to go to the doctor because she knew it wasn't good & # 39; used to be. The doctor wondered when Millie had last tested eyes
In the photo the scar after Millie's surgery to remove most of the brain tumor she had
Millie is pictured with her mother when she was younger – before the tumor was noticed
Mrs. Garbutt (pictured with Millie) said: & # 39; After receiving the diagnosis, she underwent intensive surgery for 10 and a half hours to get rid of 99 percent of the tumor & # 39;
WHAT IS A BRAIN TUMOR?
A brain tumor is a cell growth that multiplies in an abnormal, uncontrollable way.
They are more common in adults, but children are sometimes affected.
In the UK, more than 9,000 people are diagnosed with brain tumors every year.
Tumors can be cancer or not, with tumors generally growing and spreading faster.
Common symptoms include seizures, vomiting, sleepiness, personality changes, and severe, persistent headache.
Their cause is unknown, but previous cancer patients and people exposed to radiation are more at risk.
Treatment varies, but may include steroids, surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy.
What are the warning signs?
· Persistent or repeated vomiting
· Persistent or recurring headache
· Balance / coordination problems / walking problems
· Blurred or double vision
· Poor balance and coordination
· Abnormal eye movements
· Abnormal main position
· Seizures or seizures
· Behavior changes, especially fatigue
· Enlargement of the head circumference of babies & # 39; s
Source: NHS choices
Mrs. Garbutt said: “As soon as Millie told me she was poor, I quickly asked if she did it to come out of PE.
& # 39; But as the days went by, I knew that was not the case. She tried to go to school, but came home and fell asleep. & # 39;
She added Millie and then started & # 39; pure water & # 39; surrender, forcing her daughter to go to the doctor because she knew it wasn't good & # 39; used to be.
The doctor wondered when Millie had last tested eyes.
Mrs. Garbutt said: & # 39; She would have had one a few months earlier, so I didn't think about it, but booked one for that weekend anyway.
& # 39; The optometrist then extensively checked Millie's eyes, including scans, and then I knew something was wrong.
& # 39; After reviewing the scans, we were told to go to the hospital quickly with a letter – and when we arrived, Millie was urgently sent to a CT scan and an MRI was recorded the next day.
& # 39; Then we were told that she had a deadly brain tumor – which would probably have been there since birth or at a young age – and that they had to operate as quickly as possible.
& # 39; After being diagnosed, she underwent intensive surgery for 10 and a half hours to get rid of 99 percent of the tumor.
& # 39; She was then taken to a rehabilitation center in 2016 before she received intense radiotherapy and we were finally allowed to go home in 2017. & # 39;
Nirisha Patel, the optometrist, said: “While testing Millie, I noticed that she was very sensitive to the light I used on her eyes as part of the study.
& # 39; What I found was really disturbing – Millie & # 39; s research showed signs of papillary edema, which is when the optic nerve at the back of the eye swells. In some cases this may be the result of a brain tumor.
& # 39; Many people don't realize that a visual test can control more than just your eyesight and that other health problems can occur, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and brain tumors.
& # 39; In fact, only 61 percent of people know that an optician can detect some types of brain tumors.
& # 39; That's why it's so important to make sure you perform regular eye exams – at least every two years or more often if recommended by your optician. & # 39;
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