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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Brave Barrow boy fought back from the brink

A YOUNG Barrow lad who was days away from death due to a brain tumour has been nominated for a Christmas award.

Nominations so far:
Three-year-old Walney girl with hole in her heart ‘an inspiration to us all’
Caring and creative Barrow girl is supporting hospice
Courageous Barrow boy is so loving
Kind Ulverston girl Madeline cares for mum
Caring Barrow girl baked hundreds of charity cakes
Barrow boy inspired to help others
Brave Cumbria girl Katie up for Evening Mail award
Football-loving Barrow boy Ryan took 18 hours of surgery in his stride
Young carers from Barrow show great courage
Doctors amazed by Barrow boy Ethan’s progress
Bubbly Barrow girl Casey, four, is ‘the most adorable little girl in the world’
Generous Barrow boy Jake gives up his toys for others
Brave Jessica is nominated as a true Christmas star in Barrow

Gabriel Fisher was rushed to a hospital in Manchester to undergo emergency brain surgery when he was two-and-a-half.

A scan revealed the youngster had hydrocephalus, a build up of fluid causing huge pressure on his brain. Doctors said the condition could have taken his life in just days if left untreated.

His mum, Laura Phizacklea, said the life-threatening condition was the result of Gabriel having a brain tumour which was the size of a man’s fist. Doctors removed 90 per cent of the tumour but the rest was too close to his brain stem.

Miss Phizacklea took Gabriel to Furness General Hospital after he had stumbled and hit his head and he was rushed to the former Pendlebury hospital. Miss Phizacklea had reported Gabriel’s symptoms to doctors earlier but the tumour was only spotted after his fall.

Gabriel, now seven, has been a regular visitor to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to monitor the tumour. Doctors have said the tumour may grow again when he reaches puberty.

Miss Phizacklea, said Gabriel suffered very mild brain damage as a result of the hydrocephalus and it has affected his attention span.

Gabriel’s auntie, Abi Phizacklea, of Barrow, nominated him to be one of the Evening Mail Christmas Stars, saying: “By the time Gabriel was scanned he was days away from death. They removed the back of his skull and now he’s left with scars.

“Through all this he never cried or complained. He just got on with it. He’s back and forth to hospital and is making fabulous progress. I’m so proud of him. He’s a diamond.”

The Evening Mail has teamed up with Heath’s Toymaster in Barrow to find the area’s most inspirational boy and girl who have shown great courage or selflessness.

Our two Christmas Stars will win a visit from Father Christmas along with a host of festive gifts.

Christmas Stars nominations are open to children up to the age of 13.

To nominate a child, visit the Evening Mail homepage at www.nwemail.co.uk, to access the online form.

Entries close on December 13.

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