Mother in brain tumour fight

Sacha Langton-Gilks, whose 16-year-old son David has just days to lives after a long-running battle with a brain tumour, speaks to ITV News in a bid to raise awareness of the symptoms and to increase the chances for other children.

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  • Medulloblastoma is a type of brain tumour which mainly affects children and young people.
  • Symptoms could include persistent and recurrent vomiting, balance, co-ordination and walking problems, abnormal eye movements and fits or seizures.
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'Brain tumours kill two coach loads of children every year'

Sacha Langton-Gilks, whose 16-year-old son David has just days to lives after a long-running battle with a brain tumour, speaks to ITV News in a bid to raise awareness of the symptoms and to increase the chances for other children.

Speaking to Mark Nightingale she said the condition kills two coach loads of children every year and youngsters are as likely to get a brain tumour as meningitis.