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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Holiday fundraiser for Cumbrian woman who has endured 45 operations

Tributes will be paid tonight to the courage of a woman who has battled ill-health for 15 years.

Amy SMith photo
Amy Smith with sister Carly

Amy Smith was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged only 13. Thought to be inoperable at the time, it was feared she only had months to live.

Now 45 operations later, family and friends have rallied round to organise a fundraiser to help pay for her to enjoy a much-deserved holiday.

“She is absolutely inspirational and deserves this more than anything,” said Esther High, Amy’s friend and former nurse who has organised the event.

“She is a remarkable fighter and we ask for everyone’s support so she can treat herself to the trip she deserves.”

Although she has been in ill-health lately, it is hoped that Amy, 28, from Moor Row, near Whitehaven, will be able to attend the fundraiser at The Marchon Club, at 7pm tonight.

In recalling how their daughter has defied the odds, parents Peter and Kath said: “When Amy was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1998 she received four months of chemotherapy without any success. In January 1999, it was decided to remove the tumour; she had two 13-hour operations which were quite successful but left her with right-sided weakness and the inability to swallow, so she needed to have a tracheotomy.”

A total of 23 operations followed in the next year, including having shunts fitted to drain fluid from inside her skull.

“She was admitted back to hospital a number of times over the following two years, and in total underwent 33 operations.

“It was then discovered that her tumour was growing back again and she received six weeks of radiotherapy. Her prognosis at that time was not very good. But she defied the odds by living the next 12 years being relatively well.

“Last September however, she was admitted to intensive care at the Royal Victoria Infirmary at Newcastle, where she spent another five months and underwent 12 operations.”

  • The event will feature a disco and karaoke, live music, a raffle and an auction featuring sporting memorabilia and vouchers for local shops and services. Tickets are £10 from Esther on 07743 456990.

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