Brain op teen back to school

A determined teenager who underwent lifesaving brain surgery last Christmas has returned to school this week.

Jamie Glossop, 16, of Barlborough, needed emergency brain surgery at Sheffield Children’s Hospital last December when he became seriously ill over the Christmas holidays.

For around two weeks the active, young man had been ill with flu-like symptoms, with what doctors believed to be a winter virus. But when Jamie’s symptoms got increasingly severe and he lost feeling in his hand, things took a turn for a worst.

Within an hour of arriving at the specialist children’s hospital, he was operated on.

Now, nine-months later, Jamie is nearly fully recovered and returned to complete his GCSEs at Eckington School this week.

Mum Vicky said: “The four weeks Jamie was in hospital were agonising. His head and eyes were so swollen it looked as if he’d gone ten rounds in a boxing match. When Jamie was eventually allowed home, we insisted on making up for lost time and he is now doing very well and is excited to continue his GCSEs. Jamie still has a way to go and regularly visits the hospital as an outpatient,... But knowing that he is well enough to go back to school full time is a huge relief to us.”

As the hospital is a 40-minute drive away from the family’s home, charity The Sick Children’s Trust gave them a free room in its two ‘Homes from Home’ located at the hospital, Visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org