‘My brain slid down my back’

Lynn Lowe
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Brave Lynn Lowe’s life changed forever – after she discovered her brain was sliding down her spine.

The 58-year-old said she had always been clumsy and suffered numbness in her arms and legs – but never expected the devastating news that she had a life-threatening condition.

She said: “In layman’s terms, my brain was slipping down the side of my spine.

“I was told that if I didn’t have surgery I would be paralysed.”

Doctors first thought Lynnhad a brain tumour, but further tests revealed the rare condition Chiari Malformation.

She said: “The surgeon explained my skull was like a funnel and everything was slipping down causing a blockage which had stopped the spinal fluid from flowing.”

The mum-of-three, of Lockoford Lane, Tapton, Chesterfield, underwent a six-hour operation which saw a piece of her skull removed, her brain put back in place and her spinal column widened.

She said: “When they told me about the operation I was horrified, but my surgeon said I didn’t have a choice.”

Only five days after major surgery Lynn returned home and now, exactly one year on, doctors are amazed by her progress.

The grandmother-of-nine, who works at Dunston Hall garden centre, was finally discharged from hospital last week.

She said: “My outlook on life has completely changed and this had made me realise life’s too short.

“Live every day as you don’t know what’s around the corner.

“People are amazed when I tell them my brain was slipping down my spine. It’s not a bad opener.”