A motorcycle crash saved a Sheffield teenager’s life – after a scan revealed a brain tumour.
Jordan Woodward, aged 18, was knocked off his bike in a collision with a car in Sheffield and when medics carried out a scan to assess the extent of his injuries they found a tumour the size of an orange.
It had gone unnoticed despite repeated trips to the doctors because of Jordan feeling sick.
Now his mum Tracy, 42, from Owlthorpe, Sheffield, said although she feared the worst when she was told of the collision, the crash ultimately saved her son’s life.
“I never thought I would be pleased my son was riding a motorbike. But I owe everything to that machine, if he had not had that accident I’m sure he would not be here today,” she said.
“Doctors said it was a good job they caught it when they did.
“Now Jordan has said he doesn’t want to ride his bike anymore, which I am pleased about.
“I’m just too relieved that our son is still here with us. I want to make sure it stays that way.”
Jordan had only been riding his Radford 125cc for a month when he was involved in a collision with a car.
He escaped with cuts and bruises but a scan revealed the tumour and he underwent emergency surgery to remove it.
Jordan, who was working as a trainee plant fitter before the accident last October, was only allowed home from hospital in January.
Because the tumour was benign he does not need chemotherapy or radiotherapy but he suffered a stroke during the 10-hour operation and lost all the feeling in his right hand side.
His parents Tracy and Christopher,said he had seen doctors 10 times over the course of three years because of feeling sick.
Tracy said: “Jordan was never poorly but from being 15 he would have two or three days of sickness a week, where he would just get up and be violently sick.
“He was not ill and would function as normal but we knew it wasn’t right.
“We had been going to the doctors over all this time but each time we were told it was probably his bad diet.
“Now I know Jordan doesn’t eat amazingly, he would eat late at night and was partial to a pizza or McDonald’s but his diet wasn’t that bad. I was sure every teenager wasn’t sick from eating a typically teenage diet.
“But I’m not a doctor and as he was not ill, so I took their word for it.”
She said she was ‘furious’ with doctors when his tumour was diagnosed.”
“I was furious with doctors, thinking that all along, with better investigation, we could have found out what was wrong with Jordan, instead being fobbed off with ‘bad diet’,” she added.
“But in a meeting with medics they assured us that tumours are difficult to diagnose and we just had to be grateful they had found the tumour at all.
“Jordan has really been through the mill, we have had such a difficult few months, but Jordan is slowly getting better.
“He is recovering slowly, although he still cannot use his right hand and has to walk with a walking stick.
“Through all of this he has been brilliant, he has managed to stay bright and just get on with things. He has amazed me.”
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