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Woman’s ‘burst ear drum’ was actually a brain tumour

A woman who was misdiagnosed with a ‘burst ear drum’ actually had a brain tumour.

Nia Roscoe, 26, spent years going back and forth to the doctors because she was losing hearing in her right ear.

She was misdiagnosed with a ‘ruptured ear’, similar to if her ear drum had burst, until finally being referred to the specialist Walton Centre in Liverpool.

Nia Roscoe underwent nearly 12 hours of surgery to remove her tumour which was initially dismissed as a ruptured ear. Credit: Liverpool Echo

Nia Roscoe underwent nearly 12 hours of surgery to remove her tumour which was initially dismissed as a ruptured ear (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

There, doctors told her she had a benign brain tumour the size of a LEGO brick.

She then had to undergo nearly 12 hours of surgery to remove the tumour, but the growth left a hole that doctors needed to plug somehow.

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As part of her surgery, Nia had to have 4cm of fat sucked out of her stomach to plug the gap.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo about her operation, the children’s residential support worker said: ‘They took fat from my stomach and left thigh to put where the tumour was.

‘It was because they had to take some of the bone away.’

Nia Roscoe underwent nearly 12 hours of surgery to remove her tumour which was initially dismissed as a ruptured ear. Credit: Liverpool Echo

Nia Roscoe had a benign brain tumour the size of a LEGO brick (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

Nia was first referred to The Walton Centre in 2016 and went in for her surgery in August 2018.

After a long battle to recovery, she has vowed to spend this year fundraising for the neurological centre that helped treat her.

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With the help of her cousin Jessica Hughes, Nia is now trying to raise £5,000 for the centre.

On a JustGiving page set up to support their fundraising journey, Jessica said: ‘Recovery was tough, but Nia was not letting it beat her.

‘The scars from surgery did not want to heal to begin with and it took numerous trips back to The Walton Centre to re-treat them.

Nia Roscoe underwent nearly 12 hours of surgery to remove her tumour which was initially dismissed as a ruptured ear. Credit: Liverpool Echo

Nia had to have 4cm of fat sucked out of her stomach to plug the gap (Picture: Liverpool Echo)

‘With only 10 weeks of recovery, Nia come bursting back onto the scene and got straight back to work!

‘The aim of this page is to gain enough popularity for us to raise much-needed funds for The Walton Centre so they can continue their hard work with each and every one of their patients.’

Cousins Nia and Jessica plan on doing a number of sponsored events throughout the year to raise money for The Walton Centre.

You can follow their fundraising journey or donate to the specialist neurological centre here:



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