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Mother has sight saved after having brain tumour removed through her nose

A mother from Warwickshire has had her sight saved after having a brain tumour removed through her nose.

The procedure was carried out on Jackie Llewellyn-Robinson by surgeons at the University Hospital in Coventry.

Jackie with her husband Ian Credit: University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
Scan showing Jackie's brain tumour. Credit: ITV News Central

To minimise potential side effects, surgeons decided on a two pronged approach that included a Craniotomy to remove part of the tumour and a delicate operation to remove the remainder in pieces through her nostril. Surgeon Professor Amjad Shad worked with a tiny endoscope camera and light to access the tumour from underneath the brain with long instruments. The tumour was completely removed, with no radiotherapy required.

Jackie, who is 48, was able to return to her family home in Kenilworth in Warwickshire, just five days later.

Jackie told ITV News Central that she had no scarring after the surgery.

To have the surgery on the Sunday and be discharged by the Friday is amazing. I would like to thank everyone at the Trust for giving me my life back.

– Jackie Llewellyn-Robinson

It is the first time that a combined procedure of this nature has been undertaken in Coventry.

It is the first time that a combined procedure of this nature has been undertaken in Coventry – and won’t be the last. We are able to reach the tumour with minor disturbance to the surrounding parts of the brain. This is less traumatic and allows patients to make a quicker recovery.

– Surgeon Professor Amjad Shad