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How a simple eye test revealed my boy's devastating brain .....tumour.

Byline: Anuji Varma

A MUM has told how medics discovered her son had a brain tumour during a routine check-up on his different coloured eyes.

Little Joel Sheldon, aged seven, had developed a squint and headaches before he was due to see an ophthalmologist about his unusual condition, called heterochromia.

But after the appointment the Walsall youngster was immediately referred to hospital.

Medics discovered he had Medulloblastoma, a childhood tumour, and he had an emergency operation at Birmingham Children's Hospital to have it removed. The youngster - born with one brown and one blue-coloured eye - is now clear of cancer.

Mum Louise, a 38-year-old GP, said: "Thanks to research into children's cancers, Joel is here today and living a full and happy life like any other seven-yearold.

"We were devastated and shocked when we discovered that he had a brain tumour.

''You don't expect to be told something like that, it's difficult to put it into words how you feel."

Joel first began suffering from a squint in November 2010.

He was due to see the ophthalmologist about his different coloured eyes, a condition that affects one in 500 children. But the appointment was brought forward so they could investigate the squint and the tumour - which was not connected to the heterochromia - was later discovered.

"It all happened so quickly," explained Louise, married to photographer Jason, 41.

"They told us it was a very big tumour that had to be taken out very quickly. By that time, the headaches were getting worse and he was unable to walk in a straight line.

''We explained to him that there was something in his head which had to be taken out.

"He accepted it quite well and was very matter of fact."

The nine-hour operation proved a success at Birmingham Children's Hospital and follow-up checks have shown that the cancer has gone.

Louise, who works in Dudley, added: "The tumour affected the part of Joel's brain controlling balance, so he is a little unsteady on his feet and his speech is a little slow.

''But he doesn't let anything stop him. He takes everything in his stride."

The mum is now trying to raise money for Cancer Research UK's campaign, Give Up Clothes For Good.

She is urging people to drop off their unwanted clothes at TK Maxx stores. One bag could be worth up to pounds 30 and all money raised will go towards the charity.

"We will definitely be having a good clear out and hope others will be inspired to do the same," she said.

The campaign runs until April 30, with special donation bags available for free from TK Maxx.

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Family fun: Mum Louise and dad Jason with Eve aged eight and Joel, seven. Clear of cancer: Joel Sheldon, aged seven, with mum Louise. Different coloured eyes: Joel developed a squint and headaches before he went to see the ophthalmologist.
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Date:Apr 6, 2012
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