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Boy diagnosed with brain tumour after mum dismissed as ‘nervous first-time’ parent


A worried mum, who was dismissed as a “nervous first-time” parent when she took her sick baby son to see a GP 18 times in just one month, later discovered he had a dangerous brain tumour.

Tessa Crane, 29, had serious concerns about son Oscar’s health when he was seven months old and took him to a local GP.

However, her concerns were dismissed and she was even prescribed anti-anxiety medication.

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Oscar spent months in hospital receiving treatment for a brain tumour. Credit: SWNS

Finally, desperate single mum Tessa took Oscar to her local Emergency Department.

Within 30 minutes Oscar was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening brain tumour in April, 2018.

Doctors diagnosed the tot as having a grade 2 Choroid Plexus Papilloma and a build-up of excess brain fluid, known as hydrocephalus at just eight months old.

Now five, Oscar has undergone 11 brain surgeries but he has been left with permanent brain damage.

He also suffers autism, global developmental delay and decreased muscle tone known as hypotonia.

Tessa, from the UK, is now sharing her story in the hope it alerts other parents to worrying symptoms..

“Oscar had a dramatic start to life, being born six weeks early by caesarean section, but he was generally a happy baby,” she said.

“Sadly, things changed very quickly when he was about seven months old. He became irritable and would cry non-stop.

“His head was swollen, his eyes were bulging and he was vomiting.

“I took him to the doctor 18 times in one month but was told I was a nervous first-time mum and given medication for anxiety.”

Oscar is now thriving after receiving medical help in hospital. Credit: SWNS

Having worked with children in her role as a childcare manager, Tessa knew newborns could be challenging but recognised Oscar’s symptoms weren’t normal.

“Oscar’s symptoms had been attributed to a viral infection, colic and my poor mental health — I was in bits,” she said.

After yet another failed doctor’s appointment, Tessa plucked up the courage to take her son to the hospital.

She said, “I figured either Oscar really didn’t like me and I was doing something very wrong, or there was some medical explanation which would be found.

Within 30 minutes of arriving at a local hospital, Tessa’s worst fears were confirmed.

Oscar had an MRI scan, and was immediately transferred to another hospital for emergency surgery.

His first operation, which involved the full removal of his tumour, lasted 12 hours.

Sadly, excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) continued gathering, requiring 10 further surgeries in the space of four months.

At one point, he even had to be put in an induced coma.

Tessa said, “Oscar was put in a coma for two weeks — it was all so crazy and chaotic.

“Oscar’s surgeon suspected there was a problem with his tubing, but when she went to change it, his head caved in and his skull crumbled in her hand.

His mother hopes other parents will feel comfortable in challenging medical advice if they’re worried.  Credit: SWNS

“He had developed meningitis and his whole head was full of infection.

“He lost his eyesight completely for a while and he lost feeling in the left-hand side of his body.

“He had to be tube-fed and couldn’t move or sit; it was like he had reverted to being a newborn baby again.”

She added, “Thankfully, Oscar’s now exceeding all expectations.

“I left hospital a single mum with a very poorly child and no real support, but there was no running away from it.

“We just had to learn to adapt and I’m glad to say that Oscar keeps proving everyone wrong.

“He couldn’t crawl because his muscles weren’t strong enough to hold himself up, but physical therapy has made all the difference and now you wouldn’t know that had been an issue.

“He was also non-verbal for a long time, but he’s had speech and language therapy and seven months ago he started developing words.

“He’s a little chatterbox now — what he says doesn’t make sense but it’s fantastic to hear him.”

She hopes sharing Oscar’s story means that more parents will feel comfortable in challenging medical advice if they’re worried.

“I’m keen for more people to understand brain tumours and their symptoms, including medical professionals, and I want to empower parents to trust their instincts.

“If, like me, you believe there’s something wrong with your child, don’t give up – you know them best and you know if they’re not themselves.”

Source: 7News