Sheffield hospital helps boy beat brain tumour after he complained of headaches

A 15-year-old Derbyshire boy has made an amazing recovery from a brain tumour in a mere three weeks thanks to the wonderful care by the staff at Sheffield Children's Hospital.
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Chris Woolhouse from Eckington said his step son, Jake Tindale started suffering from bouts of headaches in early December last year, until one day he fainted after coming back from school.

The 45-year-old said: "He was talking to my wife and suddenly, he just blacked out. Then we took him straight to the doctor who later referred him to the hospital for a thorough check up."

Chris, Katie and JakeChris, Katie and Jake
Chris, Katie and Jake
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That was the moment both he and his wife, Katie Woolhouse, found out that Jake had a low-grade brain tumour as big as a fingernail on the front left of his head.

Katie said the news felt like "being hit in the stomach" but to see Jake recovering well after the surgery since being diagnosed on December 8 has been nothing but unbelievably amazing.

She said: "He went for the operation on December 23 and he was back home on Christmas Day. And he got officially discharged on Boxing Day. He's been recovering at home ever since.

"We are really pleased with his progress. His head's stitched up really well - it's almost like it never happened.

Jake giving the thumbs up after the surgery.Jake giving the thumbs up after the surgery.
Jake giving the thumbs up after the surgery.
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"He's completely back to normal - walking, talking, playing his games like he normally would, he's been brilliant."

They said they are now planning to raise funds for the hospital for the amazing work that they have done for their son.

"I think the NHS gets a bad press sometimes but it's been a complete opposite for us. To be there in three weeks from start to finish, I think they need to be recognised for that.

Jake after the surgeryJake after the surgery
Jake after the surgery

"They're just angels, they are superheroes. Especially in these difficult times when you can't have visitors and things aren't normal but they're just absolute superstars,” said Katie.

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Chris agreed: "We are looking to do some fundraising for the Children’s Hospital as soon as the situation permits.

"And also that Jake took the diagnosis of a low grade, slow growing tumour so well that he and his school friends named the tumour ‘Patrick Lemon’!"

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