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Brain tumour surgery finally goes ahead after being cancelled three times

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A woman has finally had her brain tumour removed after her operation was cancelled and rescheduled three times. 24-year-old Emily Bennet, from Fernhill Heath near Worcester, was originally meant to have her tumour removed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham at the beginning of December. However, it was cancelled because a more severe case required her operation slot at the hospital.

The malignant brain tumour was originally removed when she was eight years old, but resulted in her having a slow-growing benign tumour. Despite not being life-threatening, the tumour was still causing her problems such as seizures and memory loss. Ms Bennet described the continued cancellations as “upsetting”.

No available hospital bed

Where her first operation was cancelled because of a more urgent case, the rescheduled operation – which was arranged to take place on the 8 December – was also cancelled because there was no available bed in the hospital. The operation was again cancelled on 12 January for the same reason. 

The operation was finally carried out and her mother, Maxine Renton, said that Emily was “awake and talking” almost straight after the three-hour procedure.

The hospital was deeply apologetic for the cancellations and a spokesperson from the trust said: A spokesperson for the trust that runs the hospital said: “We regret that any operation has to be cancelled and acknowledge the distress this can cause to both patients and their relatives.

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