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Parents share terrifying ordeal of baby’s brain tumour diagnosis

The parents of a Plymouth baby who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 10 weeks old are sharing their story to raise awareness of the disease.

Stephanie Day and James Devlin, both 27, are opening up about their heart-breaking ordeal in order to raise awareness of the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40.

Their son George Devlin was delivered via forceps and ventouse due to complications during labour, causing hydrocephalus which is a build-up of fluid on the brain. They were told that this would settle in time but, at 10 weeks old, in March 2018, George’s head was still swollen and he was also presenting with a bulging forehead and sunset eyes, meaning he struggled to look upwards.

A scan revealed George had a choroid plexus papilloma, a tumour type so rare it makes him one-in-a-million.

Professor Silvia Marino and her team at the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at Queen Mary University of London published a scientific paper on this tumour type earlier this year.

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