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A woman’s eye test at Specsavers reveals a brain tumor that could kill her within 24 hours

Ellie Musgrove, 21, attended a routine appointment at Specsavers and was preparing for emergency surgery 12 hours later after optometrist Aqeel Mahmood discovered swelling on her optic nerve

Ellie Musgrove went to a routine eye appointment and was told she had a tumor
Ellie Musgrove went to a routine eye appointment and was told she had a tumor

A woman went to the optometrist thinking she just needed glasses, only to discover a brain tumor that could have killed her in 24 hours.

Ellie Musgrove, 21, attended a routine appointment at Specsavers and 12 hours later she was preparing for emergency surgery.

Doctors say if the tumor had not been discovered she could have died within a day DailyStar reports.

Ellie, from Salford, Lancs, said she had severe headaches and neck pain after her birthday.

She said, “I never get headaches, but these were awful.”

She said her vision was affected by black spots and double vision.






Optician Aqeel Mahmood (left) is the one who discovered Ellie’s tumor





Ellie was preparing for emergency surgery 12 hours after her eye appointment

When she called the family doctor, she was given antibiotics for a suspected ear infection

But when her symptoms didn’t improve, she thought it might be her vision and booked a test with optometrist Aqeel Mahmood.

Aqeel immediately noticed the swelling of her optic nerve.

Ellie said: “I’m glad I went at the time – I’m grateful to the optometrist and doctors for saving my life.

“My family and I will forever be grateful to Aqeel and the Specsavers team. Without her I wouldn’t be here today.”

Ellie added, “An MRI scan confirmed I had a benign tumor that was blocking fluid flow around my brain.”

Within 12 hours of going to Specsavers, Ellie was being readied for emergency surgery.

She said: “I am recovering slowly but surely and am now being checked regularly. The neurosurgeons think it’s a slow-growing tumor.

“Hopefully I don’t have to have surgery to remove it anytime soon.”

Heaton Park Specsavers Optometrist Aqeel said: “Ellie’s story shows the importance of taking care of your eye health. If you have more serious concerns, have an optometrist examine you.

“Had Ellie ignored her symptoms, there could have been a very different outcome.”

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