A nine-year-old girl was saved by an optician who managed to spot a plum-sized brain tumor that had been missed by doctors six times.
Shanice Bailey was diagnosed with schwannoma, a rare tumor that was pressing her brain stem and had left her paralyzed. The girl was taken to GPs six times between September 2009 and January 2010 only to be told she had asthma.
Her mother Laura took her to Specsavers optician Nadia Ahmed when Shanice developed a squint in her eye. The growth was immediately spotted by Ms Ahmed, who advised immediate action. A scan at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk revealed a two-inch tumor, which was operated upon.
Shanice is now recovering at home. "If they hadn't have found the tumour she could have died because it was blocking fluid at the top of her spine," Laura Bailey told the Daily Mail.
Trevor Lawson, a spokesman for Brain Tumour UK said that such tumors were extremely rare in children and hence presented a challenge to doctors.