A musician who went to the opticians after struggling to see the TV was shocked when he discovered that his blurred vision was caused by a brain tumor.
Harry Mockett, 21, noted that his eyesight deteriorated after he found it difficult to read the questions about Who wants to become a millionaire?
He went to Specsavers, where he was given glasses, but did not notice any improvement after a week of wearing.
The optician saw swelling of his optic nerve during a follow-up appointment and ordered him to go straight to the hospital.
Doctors discovered that he had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball and told him that he needed emergency surgery before it robbed him of his sight.
Harry Mockett, 21, noted that his eyesight deteriorated after findings that it is difficult to read the questions about who wants to become a millionaire?
Doctors found a brain ball the size of a golf ball that pressed on his optic nerve and could have robbed him of his vision if he had stayed longer
Mr. Mockett, from Nottingham, was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma – a tumor that develops close to the pituitary gland.
Mr. Mockett, from Nottingham, said: “It all happened so quickly – one day I was chilling at home, the next day they rushed me to an operation to save my life.
& # 39; I had no symptoms other than my eyesight seemed to be blurred and I thought I just needed glasses – I had no idea I had a brain tumor.
& # 39; I looked at Who Wants Millionaire? at home and just realized that I really did my best to find out what the questions said at the bottom of the screen.
& # 39; Because my only symptom was blurred vision, it was so easy to ignore, but if I had left it for much longer, I would have gone blind or the tumor might have killed me.
& # 39; Fortunately, through the work of some incredible surgeons and the support of my family, I am now basically fine and back to normal. & # 39;
But he added: & # 39; It is frightening to think how waiting a few weeks could have led to a completely different story. & # 39;
Mr. Mockett noticed that his vision quality slowly declined over four months, but ignored it until he had trouble reading the questions about the ITV hit show in April 2018.
He visited Specsavers for an eye test and was given glasses, but when they didn't seem to make much of a difference, he returned a week later, in May.
After a second eye test, Mr. Mockett was rushed to the eye slaughterhouse at Northampton General Hospital.
He said: & # 39; The optician immediately told me "don't go to work today, go directly to the victim".
& # 39; So I called in sick, not knowing that my last shift would be the last time I would be there for the next six months.
& # 39; I had a lot of hospital reviews the following week and they booked me for an MRI scan on Friday, but I didn't think about it too much.
Surgeons at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford have worked six hours to remove the tumor
But he developed hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid in the brain and bacterial meningitis
& # 39; I really thought I was fine, I felt perfectly healthy – I even went to a performance with my friends two days before the MRI scan. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; The doctors pulled the curtains around my bed after the scan and told me that the results showed that I had a brain tumor that needed urgent removal.
WHAT IS A CRANIOPHARYNGIOMA TUMOR?
Craniopharyngioma tumors are usually diagnosed in children, teenagers and young adults.
These tumors tend to grow near the base of the brain, just above the pituitary gland.
Craniopharyngiomas usually do not spread, but they are close to important structures in the brain and can cause problems during their growth.
They can cause changes in hormone levels and vision problems. Children with craniopharyngioma can have weight gain and growth problems.
The first treatment is surgery to remove as much tumor as possible as safely as possible.
Some tumors are filled with fluid.
They are called cystic tumors and usually cannot be completely removed.
The surgeon can
- Remove part of the tumor
- Decompress each cyst or place a tube to remove fluid from a cystic tumor
- Create a tunnel of the tumor in one of the spaces filled with natural fluid in the brain (the ventricles)
People usually also need radiotherapy after surgery.
Radiotherapy can slow the growth of the tumor and keep it under control.
Source: Cancer Research UK
& # 39; My mother clearly burst into tears, but I did my best to stay calm and just concentrate on what we should do next. & # 39;
Mr. Mockett was taken by ambulance to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where doctors revealed that his brain tumor was bigger than a golf ball.
The mass was a craniopharyngioma – a tumor that develops close to the pituitary gland.
Any further growth of the tumor could have blinded Mr. Mockett and surgeons worked six hours to remove the growth.
They removed 98 percent of the tumor, but he developed hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid in the brain, and contracted bacterial meningitis.
Doctors told his parents, Sue, 54, and Ian Mockett, 56, and his sister Rosie Matthews, 23, that he only had a 50 percent chance of surviving the night.
Mrs. Matthews said: “It was really scary – Harry has always been healthy and it was frightening to see him in the hospital bed with an oxygen mask on.
& # 39; He couldn't breathe alone, and when he was conscious, everything he said didn't make sense, it was just a random rumbling of words.
& # 39; Mom was understandably very emotional, but I tried to make a brave face for Harry and keep it lightly around him.
& # 39; Harry and I kept joking about how dramatic he was, how typical he wants all this drama with a brain tumor.
& # 39; Harry has always been such a & # 39; n joke maker, and we both knew that only laughing was the only way we could make it.
& # 39; He was very subdued at the hospital, and I was worried about getting old Harry back, but a joke with him gave me a glimmer of hope. & # 39;
Mr. Mockett had several operations to treat the complications of his surgery, but doctors found signs that the tumor was growing again.
He traveled to Germany for two months in October 2018 for proton radiation therapy and was finally able to return to his family in time for Christmas last year.
Despite damage that resulted in memory loss, Mr. Mockett did not forget how to play the guitar, and six months of hospital stays saw his passion for the instrument grow.
Doctors told his parents, Sue, 54, and Ian Mockett (photo), 56, that he only had a 50 percent chance of surviving the night
His sister Rosie Matthews (photo), 23, said it was frightening to see how his brother was connected to machines, who struggled to breathe and talk alone.
The musician said: “Being in the hospital for six months was really an isolation – I have always been healthy and had no experience at all in hospitals.
& # 39; The tumor and surgery really played with my memory, and sometimes I didn't feel like telling Rosie things like & # 39; Bring me a McDonalds in your helicopter & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I have always loved playing the guitar and was afraid that the damage could affect my ability, but miraculously it didn't change how I played.
& # 39; My guitar was my greatest companion in the hospital and writing songs gave me a purpose and kept me focused on my future after the brain tumor. & # 39;
Mr. Mockett got it all free in February 2019.
He said: & # 39; It was clear that the brain tumor diagnosis was absolutely frightening, but it certainly helped me better embrace the positive aspects of life.
& # 39; I feel that I value the good times in life much more than before after I had experienced what I experienced.
& # 39; I have short-term memory loss, so I will occasionally forget what I was talking about in the middle of a conversation, but luckily it's not as bad as it is for many other people with brain injuries.
& # 39; I am forever grateful that I am here and I could not have got through it without the great support of my wonderful family and friends.
& # 39; It feels good to regain control of my life after this hellish year, and I look forward to a more positive future after fighting and beating a brain tumor. & # 39;
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