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Woman misdiagnosed with ‘burst ear drum’ actually had dangerous brain tumour

A woman who was misdiagnosed with a ‘burst ear drum’ actually had a brain tumour the size of a LEGO brick.

Nia Roscoe, 26, spent years going back and forth to the doctors because she was losing the hearing in her right ear.

She was told she has a ‘ruptured ear’, similar to if her ear drum had burst, until finally being referred to the specialist Walton Centre in Liverpool where doctors told her she actually had a benign brain tumour.

Nia had to undergo nearly 12 hours of surgery to remove the tumour – but the growth left a gap that doctors needed to plug somehow.

As part of her surgery, doctors sucked 4cm of fat out of Nia’s stomach to plug the gap.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo about her operation, the children’s residential support worker said: "They took fat from my stomach and left thigh to put where the tumour was. It was because they had to take some of the bone away."

Nia, of Flintshire, was first referred to The Walton Centre in 2016 and went in for her surgery in August 2018.

Nia had a long battle to recovery and she’s vowed to spend this year fundraising for the neurological centre that helped treat her.

With the help of her cousin Jessica Hughes, Nia is trying to raise £5,000 for the centre.

On a JustGiving page set up to support their fundraising journey, Jessica said: "Recovery was tough, but Nia was not letting it beat her.

"The scars from surgery did not want to heal to begin with and it took numerous trips back to The Walton Centre to re-treat them.

"With only 10 weeks of recovery, Nia come bursting back onto the scene and got straight back to work.

"The aim of this page is to gain enough popularity for us to raise much-needed funds for The Walton Centre so they can continue their hard work with each and every one of their patients."

Cousins Nia and Jessica plan on doing a number of sponsored events throughout the year to raise money for The Walton Centre.

If you want to follow their fundraising journey or donate to the specialise neurological centre, go to her Just Giving page.

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