Burnley: One woman said she was too young for a scan and had had a tumor for 15 years

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Claudia Laid first identified the symptoms to the fatigue from their 12-hour shifts (Image: MEN Media)

A hospital has apologized to a woman who was told she was too young for a brain scan, only to be later diagnosed with a tumour.

Claudia Laid, then 24, tried to seek help for a variety of symptoms, including brain fuzz, memory loss and hallucinations.

In December 2021, she first experienced “accidental headaches,” which she attributed to her busy schedule as a pediatric nurse.

However, her concern grew as the episodes became more frequent over the coming weeks, she lost feeling in both hands and had an increased heart rate.

She was taken to Blackburn Hospital where she was diagnosed with gastroenteritis and sent home five hours later.

“I knew it wasn’t right. I’ve told my advisers how bad I feel,” said Ms Laid, from Burnley.

“Although I was still ill and had memory loss, they discharged me around 2 a.m..”

Ms. Laid’s condition continued to deteriorate over the following days and she began to experience hallucinations, short-term memory loss and disorientation.

Three days after seeking help at the hospital, she was still battling symptoms, prompting her mother to call the GP, but was told initial scans had turned up nothing.

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The student sought help from her GP and A&E on several occasions (Picture: MEN Media)

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Ms Laid underwent an eight-hour emergency surgery (Image: MEN Media)

The student returned to the emergency room within the week, where it was suspected the “migraine” was a cause of her birth control pills.

“When I asked for a brain scan, I was told, ‘We don’t just give brain scans to 24-year-olds,’ and I was sent home,” she said.

“I felt reassured because I trusted the doctor’s opinion, but I still had headaches and dizzy spells.”

However, the situation continued to deteriorate over the following days and her mother called the GP again, who booked Ms Laid for an outpatient appointment for the next day.

That evening she again sought help to the emergency room to no avail and came back the next morning and had two scans that showed a 5cm x 7cm tumor that had been slowly growing in her brain for 15 years.

Ms Laid was scheduled for an eight-hour emergency operation at Preston Hospital the following day, whom she – along with Blackburn Hospital’s outpatient care team – thanked for their “caring approach, dedication and expertise”.

Within six weeks all symptoms had cleared and she was beginning to feel more “normal” and she was able to return to and complete her studies.

She will be undergoing regular check-ups to monitor the situation but at the moment everything seems fine at her last check-up in April.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “The Trust owes a debt of gratitude to Claudia for sharing her experience and her courage in raising these issues is inspiring. It is clear from her feedback that she has been seriously ill and we are pleased to hear that she is now recovering well.

“While there are positives to be drawn from her story, there is also much to learn and we are sorry that she felt unheard and neglected during her diagnosis. We’d love to learn more and would love to meet her to have more conversations and give her the opportunity to help us improve.”

It added it would like to work with Ms Laid as she hopes to raise awareness of the condition throughout the community and healthcare system.

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