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Store manager left completely blind after doctors misdiagnosed his incurable brain tumor twice

Andi Peel's vision started to deteriorate in October 2021 and he is now completely blind

Andi Peel’s vision started to deteriorate in October 2021 and he is now completely blind

A 29-year-old store manager has been left completely blind after bungling doctors twice misdiagnosed his incurable brain tumor as ‘work stress’.

Andi Peel, from Leicester, suffered a severe headache in August 2019 while running a Carphone Warehouse mobile phone shop.

He visited his GP after the pain persisted, only to be told he probably suffered from migraines due to the pressure of his job.

Mr Peel was referred to Leicester Royal Infirmary after suffering a panic attack which left him in a state of confusion and amnesia.

But again, the doctors put down the headache of work stress and sent him on his way.

His tumor was finally diagnosed in January 2020 after Mr Peel went back to his doctor after being forced to stop his car because he was in so much pain.

Mr Peel was told he had a glioblastoma multiforme – a fast-growing tumor that usually starts in the brain.

The tumor has continued to grow and despite radiotherapy and chemotherapy he is now completely blind.

Andi Peel (pictured), from Leicester, suffered a severe headache in August 2019 while running a Carphone Warehouse mobile phone shop.

Andi Peel (pictured), from Leicester, suffered a severe headache in August 2019 while running a Carphone Warehouse mobile phone shop.

Andi Peel (pictured), from Leicester, suffered a severe headache in August 2019 while running a Carphone Warehouse mobile phone shop.

Mr Peel (pictured in hospital) visited his GP after the pain persisted, only to be told he was probably suffering from migraines due to the pressure of his job.

Mr Peel (pictured in hospital) visited his GP after the pain persisted, only to be told he was probably suffering from migraines due to the pressure of his job.

Mr Peel (pictured at home) visited his GP after the pain persisted but was told he probably suffered from migraines due to the pressure of his job.

Mr Peel (pictured at home) visited his GP after the pain persisted but was told he probably suffered from migraines due to the pressure of his job.

Mr Peel visited his GP after the pain persisted, only to be told he probably suffered from migraines as a result of the pressures of his job. But again, the doctors put down the headache of work stress and sent him on his way. Mr Peel received the devastating news that he had glioblastoma multiforme – a fast-growing tumor that starts in the brain. The tumor has continued to grow and despite radiotherapy and chemotherapy he is now completely blind

Mr Peel’s aunt, Deb Peel, 48, from Groby in Leicester, said: ‘Andi went to his GP who said he had a migraine but then he had an episode of confusion and a panic attack and couldn’t remember anything .

“He went to Leicester Royal Infirmary but they said it was just stress.

‘I was in total shock. Andi is like my third son, so I was in disbelief at the thought of losing someone so important to me.

“When we got confirmation it was a GBM, it was like a death sentence.

“Andi didn’t want to know how long he had to live, but Google will tell you it’s 12 to 18 months.”

Peel had the tumor removed at Queen’s Medical Center (QMC) in Nottingham, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

His aunt added: “Since then he has had a few seizures, one of which resulted in dislocation of both his shoulders.

“Since December 2020, Andi has not had a stable scan. The tumor has grown and we have been told that there is no longer any treatment available for him.

“His vision started to deteriorate in October 2021 and he is now completely blind.”

Mother of two, Ms Peel, a teacher, will now walk 10,000 steps every day in February to raise money for brain tumor research.

She said, “The inspiration comes from Andi, who is so amazing. He is an absolute warrior who has never given up or felt sorry for himself.

Until you have to face this kind of reality, you don’t understand how hard the facts are.

Matthew Price, community development manager at Brain Tumor Research, said: “We are very grateful to Deb for taking on this challenge for us.

“Only with the support of people like them can we continue our brain tumor research and improve outcomes for patients like Andi who are forced to fight this terrible disease.”

Mother of two Deb Peel, Mr Peel's aunt (pictured in fundraising T-shirt), will now walk 10,000 steps every day in February to raise money for brain tumor research

Mother of two Deb Peel, Mr Peel's aunt (pictured in fundraising T-shirt), will now walk 10,000 steps every day in February to raise money for brain tumor research

Mother of two Deb Peel, Mr Peel’s aunt (pictured in fundraising T-shirt), will now walk 10,000 steps every day in February to raise money for brain tumor research

1643051975 691 Store manager left completely blind after doctors misdiagnosed his incurable

1643051975 691 Store manager left completely blind after doctors misdiagnosed his incurable

Ms Peel said: ‘The inspiration comes from Andi (pictured left, with his cousins), who is so wonderful. He is an absolute warrior who has never given up or felt sorry for himself.”

Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. Senator John McCain was diagnosed in July 2017.

Patients have a 10 percent chance of survival five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. The average life span is between 14 and 16 months.

Three adults per 100,000 are affected by glioblastoma, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). Patients typically complain of symptoms such as blurred vision, memory problems, dizziness, and headache.

The symptoms are somewhat non-specific and vary from person to person, and may not last.

Some patients suffer from blindness when the tumor compresses their optic nerve, which connects the retina to the brain, resulting in loss of vision.

WHAT IS A GLIOBLASTOMA AND HOW DEADLY IS IT? THE AGGRESSIVE BRAIN TUMOR SUFFERING BY JOHN MCCAIN

Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. Senator John McCain was diagnosed in July 2017.

Patients have a 10 percent chance of survival five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. The average life span is between 14 and 16 months.

Three adults per 100,000 are affected by glioblastoma, says the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

It is most common in men aged 50 to 60 and there is no link between developing glioblastoma and having a history of other cancers.

WHAT IS THE TUMOR MADE OF?

The tumor is made up of a mass of cells that grows rapidly in the brain, and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease.

It doesn’t spread to other organs, but once diagnosed, it’s nearly impossible to target, surgeons say.

Unlike other brain cancers that are more specifically localized, glioblastoma can occur in any part of the brain.

WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE?

Because the tumor has likely already spread deep into the brain by the time it is diagnosed, the cancerous tissue is incredibly difficult to remove.

The surgeon will only remove the tumor or part of the tumor if it does not damage the surrounding brain tissue.

dr. Babcar Cisse, a neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, told the Daily Mail Online in July 2017: ‘By the time a glioblastoma is diagnosed, microfibers can spread to the rest of the brain that an MRI wouldn’t see.

“So even if the main tumor is removed and the patient receives radiation and chemotherapy, it will come back.”

REVIEW OF A GLIOBLASTOMA

Brain tumors are graded from one to four, depending on how fast they grow and how aggressive they are.

Malignant tumors either get a high grade three or four, while benign tumors get a lower grade one or two.

Glioblastoma is often referred to as a grade four astrocytoma — another form of brain tumor, the AANS says.

SYMPTOMS

Patients typically complain of symptoms such as blurred vision, memory problems, dizziness, and headache.

The symptoms are somewhat non-specific and vary from person to person, and may not last.

Some patients suffer from blindness when the tumor compresses their optic nerve, which connects the retina to the brain, resulting in loss of vision.

The disease is therefore impossible to diagnose based on symptoms alone.

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