Solihull mum was ‘awake’ during £80,000 brain surgery to extend her life
A Solihull mum is recovering from £80,000 brain surgery which could give her precious extra time with her family.
Brave Laura Fischer-Beards flew to the US for the radical procedure after being given just months to live by doctors in Britain.
But the 39-year-old, from Berkswell, had to remain conscious during the five-hour operation so medics could check her brain was working normally.
Mother-of-three Laura admitted the surgery, in Chicago, was a last throw of the dice after UK doctors told her the tumour could not be taken out.
“It was a choice of giving up or fighting and I am not a defeatist,” she said.
“I couldn’t give up when I have three young children who need me.
“Anyone in my position would do the same and fight as hard as they could to stay alive.
“It was a risk and I was really scared because I had to stay awake throughout the surgery so they could check my brain was functioning normally.
“But you do what you have to do to survive.”
Laura flew to America after she was given just three to 12 months to live by doctors in Britain.
Medics in Birmingham and London told her the tumour was like a “spider wrapping round her brain” and warned her it could not be operated on.
They suggested managing her condition with chemotherapy and radiotherapy instead.
But intensive chemotherapy and an attempted biopsy – which caused a bleed on Laura’s brain and left her temporarily paralysed – failed to slow the tumour’s growth.
So she opted for the radical “awake craniotomy with mapping” surgery that could extend her life by up to 15 years.
It proved a success and the tumour was removed.
Now Laura is recovering in hospital and is expected to return to the UK soon.
But her surgery was not covered by her health insurance and her family must now cover its £80,000 cost.
A Facebook campaign called #onebravemummy launched to raise awareness of her situation raised more than £7,000 in a matter of days.
Donations can be made at: www.justgiving.com/yimby/lfb
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