Mum raises awareness ahead of son's second brain op

Daniel Morgan with his mother Vikki Credit: ITV Border

A Cumbrian mum is hoping to raise awareness about a rare condition that will see her teenage son undergoing his second major brain operation on Thursday.

Daniel Morgan, from Brampton, has type two chiari malformation, which means part of his brain has slipped into the spinal area.

People can be born with the condition, which affects the part of the brain that controls balance, or they can develop it later in life like Daniel.

It's estimated one in twelve hundred people suffer from it, although some never experience the symptoms, which include headaches and dizziness.

The 13-year-old first had problems with his balance two years ago.

He had decompression surgery at the Royal Victoria Infirmary shortly after his initial diagnosis.

But signs of the illness returned two weeks ago, and he recently found out he needs a second operation.

His mother Vicki wants to try and raise awareness about the condition and has arranged for friends and family to wear purple this Thursday, the day of Daniel's operation.

She also plans to fundraise once Daniel has recovered from his second surgery.

Daniel says he's hoping to return to school in September.