Wrexham star's wife reveals Ryan Reynolds helped end her 'nightmare'

Wife of Wrexham star reveals ‘living nightmare’ as she was ‘planning her own funeral’ after being told she had an inoperable brain tumour… before Ryan Reynolds’ crucial intervention landed couple top New York specialist

  • Ryan Reynolds helped Laura Forde get a crucial opinion on a brain tumour 
  • Wrexham defender Anthony Forde missed a portion of last season after his wife was diagnosed with a brain tumour – and Reynolds wanted to make a difference
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Ryan Reynolds has been praised by the wife of Wrexham player, Anthony Forde, for helping end her brain tumour ‘nightmare’ after emotionally intervening in the medical situation.

The Hollywood star and Wrexham owner was recently revealed to have made an incredible gesture in helping fund a second opinion from a top neurosurgeon on Laura Forde’s condition.

Irish full-back Forde saw his life turned upside down when Laura was diagnosed with a brain tumour midway through last season that at the time was believed to be terminal.

Reynolds reached out a generous hand to the couple when Laura was given the devastating news that she had a brain tumour just weeks after giving birth to their first child.

Forde’s wife Laura noticed a problem when her newborn baby was only three days old that her left arm was causing distress. In her own words, which she has shared on her Instagram page, her co-ordination was ‘off’.

Wrexham star Anthony Forde saw his life turned upside down when Laura was diagnosed with a brain tumour

Forde’s wife Laura noticed a problem when her newborn baby was only three days old

Ryan Reynolds intervened when he heard why one of Wrexham’s players was out of the team

Speaking in Welcome to Wrexham, Forde’s wife spoke of being told of her inoperable tumour

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An MRI scan found a ‘mass’ and she was initially told was not curable, inoperable and she was expected to have short life expectancy.

Following Reynolds’ intervention the couple received a second opinion from a top New York neurologist and Laura underwent a biopsy, which detailed that it was a grade 1 Thalamic pilocytic astrocytoma – a benign brain tumour, much less fatal than the first verdict.

Due to the location of the tumour it is inoperable but the couple saw this as the ‘best case scenario’.

Now, she has explained to The Sunday Times how her ‘living nightmare’ took control of her life in the immediacy of giving birth.

‘The neurologist told us it was inoperable and you have a timeline,’ Laura says. ‘We said then we didn’t want to know how long. Paddy was four weeks old and I am being told basically that I may not see my son turn a year old.’

‘No word of a lie, I was planning my funeral as I was doing those night feeds. I was crying silently. It was a really low time. A living nightmare.

The Hollywood star wanted to help the wife of Anthony Forde after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. (Pictured: Reynolds hugging Forde’s wife Laura inside the Racecourse Ground)

‘It was a very low time. In the first few months after giving birth, a woman is severely all over the place hormonally, not to mind getting this landed on me. Emotionally, it was just a roller coaster.’

‘I was initially in shock and disbelief. I was in such a vulnerable place that I felt I should be happier about this, but I had just been through the worst seven weeks imaginable with my newborn baby.’

In September Laura posted again on her Instagram story, explaining that there had been no growth to the tumour and she was ‘relieved’. 

Forde could not believe Reynolds helped them get a second opinion following her MRI scan

The episode has a positive ending as they got the ‘best case scenario’ from the second opinion and Forde made his return to Wrexham’s team, scoring in their crucial match against Yeovil 

However, she did reveal that a screw had been left in her head following the operation.

Writing on Instagram, she said: ‘I wanted my wound checked as I felt like something wasn’t right with it. I was convinced I could feel something.

‘To my horror I was told there was a screw left behind from the biopsy. Wtf?! How?!

‘I’m now left with the options to either get it removed (more surgery) or leave it there?!’


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