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‘My baby saved my life - my pregnancy helped doctors spot my brain tumour in time’

A new mum has praised her baby for ‘saving her life’ – after doctors removed fast-growing brain tumour before it was too late. Abi Naylor, 28, was rushed to Macclesfield Hospital, Cheshire, a week after the arrival of her son Roman when she started suffering ‘excruciating’ migraines in October 2022. After an CT scan, doctors broke the news to Abi and her husband, Ross, 28, that she had a large 7cm brain tumour, and needed emergency surgery at Salford Royal Hospital, Greater Manchester. The shocked couple were told the tumour’s growth had ‘accelerated’ due to her pregnancy hormones and was close to causing permanent nerve damage. If it was left any longer it may have become inoperable and caused ‘life-changing’ issues with her fine motor skill and facial muscles. Luckily, doctors were able to remove the whole tumour and as it was found to be benign, Abi doesn’t need any further treatment.
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