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Girl is diagnosed with a brain tumour after a trip to Specsavers

by Natasha Waldon (2020-04-28)

A seven-year-old girl was diagnosed with a brain tumour after a trip to Specsavers.

8106943354_c3a05dbb13_b.jpgRoxanne Knight started suffering from headaches in December, which left her feeling like she had been 'punched in the head'.

Doctors dismissed it as just a migraine and prescribed painkillers - despite the discomfort leaving her unable to sleep or eat.

Sensing something was seriously wrong, Roxanne's mother Irene, 45, took her to have her eyes tested in April.

An optometrist noticed swelling around the youngster's optic nerve during a check-up, which was later found to be a tumour. Headaches are a common sign of brain tumours.

Roxanne, of Wickersley, Rotherham, endured a six-hour operation to remove the golf ball-sized benign mass in May and is back to her 'brilliant' self. For more information regarding and surrounding communities in North Carolina. stop by the site.  

Roxanne Knight (left) was diagnosed with a brain tumour during a check-up at Specsavers. The youngster is pictured right in hospital in May after she endured a six-hour operation to have the golf-ball sized mass removed. She is now back to being her 'old self' again

Scan shows the 'massive' black, circular tumour at the back of Roxanne's head. This was 'pressing forward' and causing the agonising headaches doctors dismissed for months

Speaking of her daughter's symptoms, Mrs Knight said: 'She had really strong headaches, they would last for quite a long period of time.

'It became an everyday thing, the headaches became more frequent.'

Roxanne added: 'It felt like someone was punching me in the head. I just wanted something to make it go away.' 





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Doctors prescribed painkillers and told Roxanne to keep track of her symptoms throughout the day, but were largely unconcerned. 

Mrs Knight, who is also mother to a nine-year-old boy called Ayden, said: 'The doctors told me it was a migraine but I didn't think so. 

'It affected every aspect of her life, she couldn't sleep or eat properly. Each time she had a headache, she was panicking and crying, she wouldn't sleep.' 

It was not until Roxanne developed a pronounced vein on the side of her head that Mrs Knight, who shares her children with her husband Steve, 62, realised something was seriously wrong.  

'The doctors told me it was a migraine but I didn't think so,' Mrs Knight said. 'That's when it came to me to get her eyes tested.

'There was no way I was going to sit at home and wait for the tablets to work.'

Optomertrist Saj Hussain (pictured with Roxanne) spotted the tumour after the youngster's mother took her to have her eyes tested. This led to her being immediately referred for a hospital appointment, where a scan confirmed the mass inside her brain

After months of struggling to eat and sleep due to the pain, Roxanne is pictured left laughing on June 19, one month after her operation. Nobody expected the youngster (pictured right in hospital) to require surgery when she turned up for her eye exam