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Girl, 6, had multiple brain tumours discovered after routine eye test

Caption: Mum thought girl, 4, had food poisoning but it turned out to be brain cancer Credit: Kennedy News

Mum Claire thought her daughter’s sickness was down to food poisoning (Photo: Kennedy News)

A mother has spoken of her shock after learning that her daughter’s suspected food poisoning was in reality multiple brain tumours.

Claire Fridd, 41, had been on holiday with her family in Spain when Rosa-Mae, six, started vomiting during the night. She put her condition down to bad food, but the sickness persisted once they got home.

She then took her daughter to see a doctor, who suggested that she might have colic. It was during routine eye test at Specsavers, however, that the family learned Rosa-Mae was suffering from high pressure on her optic nerve.

The schoolgirl was diagnosed with multiple brain tumours just four days later, and spent the next six weeks undergoing several operations at King’s College Hospital in London.

Claire, from Faversham, Kent, said that she had no idea that the sickness Rosa-Mae experienced was a common symptom of brain tumours.

Since her diagnosis, the now eight-year-old has endured 68 weeks of chemotherapy to shrink the tumours. She is known on the ward where she was treated as a brave girl who ‘never complains’.

Believing that Rosa-Mae’s eye check saved her life, Claire is now urging other parents to remember their children’s routine eye appointments.

She said: ‘The eye test saved her life because if it had gone on further then it could have grown more, but because we got there when we did she has no health deficits at all – she’s one of the lucky ones.’

PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: ROSA-MAE LINCH (8) WHO 'NEVER STOPS SMILING' WEARING A BANDAGE BECAUSE HER DRAIN WAS LEAKING AT KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL IN SEPTEMBER 2018) A mum thought her little girl's dicky tummy was just their summer holiday grub - only for a routine eye test to reveal it was in fact multiple BRAIN TUMOURS. Claire Fridd was on a family holiday to Spain when daughter Rosa-Mae began being sick during the night, but 'no alarm bells went off' as she put it down to the local cuisine. Despite Rosa-Mae 'feeling fine' her 'strange' bouts of sickness persisted and her 41-year-old mum scheduled an appointment with a doctor once they returned, who thought she may have colic. DISCLAIMER: While Kennedy News and Media uses its best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied and the publication of images is solely at your discretion. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266

Rosa-Mae, six, endured 68 weeks of chemotherapy to shrink the tumours (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

Caption: Mum thought girl, 4, had food poisoning but it turned out to be brain cancer Credit: Kennedy News

The family were on holiday in Spain when Rosa-Mae started being sick (Photo: Kennedy News)

Jason Gillian, ophthalmic director at Specsavers Canterbury, said: ‘This highlights why regular routine eye tests are so important at all ages.

‘While it is comparatively rare for us to find raised pressure on the optic nerve, especially in such a young child, it can be a sign of a potentially serious condition which needs urgent referral and treatment.

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‘Millions of people in the UK have missed their scheduled eye tests during lockdown, so we would urge everyone to get themselves booked into their local store if their test is due – or if they have any concerns that their eyesight may have changed or they are experiencing any problems.’

Claire described her daughter as ‘the most brave, resilient, strong and happy person’ she knows.

She went on: ‘She’s amazing – she never stops smiling and is absolutely incredible.’

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