Brain tumour survivor speaks of trauma

Ashley Hunter with Tracy Crombie who survived brain tumour and raised money to buy a specialist machine
Ashley Hunter with Tracy Crombie who survived brain tumour and raised money to buy a specialist machine

THE plight of a woman who underwent a brain tumour operation has prompted tax office staff to raise cash for state-of-the art hospital equipment, repors MIKE DELANEY.

Tracy Crombie successfully underwent surgery in December, but specialists couldn’t remove all of the growth because they lacked a tool which would allow them to work with precision accuracy and safety.

The Edinburgh Centre for Neuro-Oncology, at the Western General Hospital, where 29 year-old Tracy was treated, is currently trying to find £250,000 to buy the Sonowand system.

Tracy’s boss, Ashley Hunter, and her colleagues at HMRC in Glenrothes were determined to help.

She said: “We decided to hold a charity event in the office to donate to this good cause so that the Western can buy the piece of equipment.

“We have raised just over £1200 and Tracy has arranged with the team of consultants/surgeons to go to the Western on 22 July to hand over the cheque.”

Tracy, who lives in Cowdenbeath, added: “I was diagnosed a year past February.

“I had a fit and then lost my speech and they did a scan and discovered I had it and then it was just a case of keeping an eye on it.

The part of the brain the tumour was in was where it affected my speech and it was a bit risky, but in December past I went in and had brain surgery and they were able to remove most of it.

“This piece of equipment would have helped them to remove the whole tumour, which they couldn’t do at present, because when they open up the skull the brain might shift and the tumour might not be where it was before.”

The appeal was launched last August and has so far raised £80,000 and Tracy is grateful to her colleagues for the efforts they have made to further boost the appeal

She said: “They have been great.

“Everyone has been so generous and put a lot of effort in.

“I’m okay just now - I’m more or less back to normal - but I have epilepsy because of it and if I still have problems they could go back in and take out the rest of it.

“But I am going to do some fundraising myself too, because I want to help people who have had the same problem as me, especially those with cancerous brain tumours, which mine wasn’t.”

Anyone who wants to contribute to the appeal, for which nationwide fundraising events are being organised, can find more information at the website: www.neurooncology.scot.nhs.uk