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Tragic schoolgirl died after brain tumour symptoms were dismissed as 'exam stress'

Mirror logo Mirror 6/02/2017 Sarah Vesty

A schoolgirl tragically died from a brain tumour after her symptoms were dismissed as "exam stress".

Emma Sim, 15, was studying for her school tests when she started struggling to see the board.

Her parents, Heather, 47, and Graeme, 49, from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, took her to see her GP three times.

But the doctor dismissed the pains as migraines caused by exam stress, the Daily Record reported .

In March 2014, Emma’s eye turned inwards and she was rushed to hospital where doctors found she had a rare grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma – a malignant tumour.

Tragically, in May 2015, a routine MRI found that Emma’s tumour had grown into the brain stem and was inoperable.

Heather said: “We were told they were migraines triggered by exam stress and spending hours on her computer.

“Once when Graeme took her, he was even told, ‘It’s not a brain tumour, you know.’

“Now we’re backing the HeadSmart campaign because, from our own experience, we know how easy it is for teenagers’ brain tumour symptoms like headaches to be mistaken for exam stress.”


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