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A new mum left “trapped in her own body” after suffering a burst brain tumour has vowed to return home to the baby she gave birth to while in a coma.
Heavily-pregnant Emma Taylor, 33, collapsed in October last year after complaining of a headache earlier in the day.
After coming to her aid partner Scott Weeks noticed the left side of her body was lifeless and her right eye was half open.
A 999-operative told Scott to expect a four-hour wait for an ambulance, so he drove Emma to hospital himself.
Not long after her admission doctors decided to deliver their daughter Ophelia via C-section so they could carry out scans without affecting the baby.
These revealed Emma, from Chelmsford in Essex, had been living with a non-cancerous brain tumour, likely since she was born.
Scott, 47, said: “I knew she hadn’t been feeling well, and while I was downstairs she fell out the bed and was sick on the floor.
“I called an ambulance, but they couldn’t get to us fast enough, so I decided to drive Emma myself.
“The scans then showed a huge tumour she’d been living with which had burst after pregnancy hormones accelerated its growth
“This caused a bleed on the brain, and as a result, her right brain stem and right eye were affected – leaving her left side paralysed.”
Ophelia was born six weeks premature, but luckily without any complications.
After the birth, dental hygienist Emma was airlifted to Queens Hospital in Romford where surgeons successfully removed two thirds of the 60mm tumour while she was still in a coma.
It wasn’t until three months later that Emma started to show signs of consciousness and she is currently staying in a rehab unit.
But Scott has started a Go Fund Me to fund private treatment in the hopes of speeding up her recovery.
“Emma was recovering really well in rehab, but due to a lack of beds she’s been moved to a less intense programme,” he said.
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“She can’t talk yet, but she can communicate with her hands and head movements – she’s showed she’s determined to get better for our daughter.”
He added: “The operation was successful but she’s been left with some long term impediments.
“From where the tumour burst, she is pretty much blind in her right eye, and the movement on her left side is expected to be limited to about 75 percent.
“She’s at the stage where she can communicate with head movements and her hands, we’ve even had a few tears.
“Although NHS staff have been amazing, due to a lack of beds, she will be moved into a lower intensity rehab programme, which I fear will impact her progress.
“I’m trying to get the money together so she can get the best treatment – I can tell how frustrated she is.
“She’s trapped in her own body – and I know all that she wants is to come home to her baby.”
Donate to Scott’s fundraiser at gofundme.com/f/please-donate-so-emma-can-come-home-to-be-a-mum.
Common symptoms of a brain tumour include:
- Seizures (fits)
- Persistently feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and drowsiness
- Mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality
- Progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
- Vision or speech problems.
If you experience symptoms you should speak to your GP.
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