Saturday 21 October 2017

Boy (7) diagnosed with brain tumour after he drew 'worrying' picture of himself on Etch-A-Sketch

The sketch which helped sound alarm bells Photo: The Brain Tumour Charity
The sketch which helped sound alarm bells Photo: The Brain Tumour Charity
Emre Erulkeroglu suffered from months of health problems before he was diagnosed with a brain tumour Photo: The Brain Tumour Charity

A seven-year-old boy was diagnosed with a brain tumour after he drew a picture of himself on his Etch-A-Sketch that terrified his mum.

After months of headaches, doctors failed to spot anything wrong with Emre Erulkeroglu (7).

Emre's mum Tiffani was pushed to demand answers after he drew a picture of himself with a black dot on his head.

A fresh brain scan led to the diagnosis of a life-threatening brain tumour in 2015.

“He was displaying red flag symptoms that were on the HeadSmart website so I went to the doctors on several occasions," mum Tiffani told The Mirror.

 “It took three months of me pleading to get a diagnosis but he's here, stable and getting on with life."

The family are speaking out in support of HeadSmart, a campaign run by The Brain Tumour Charity, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of childhood brain tumours.

Emre has since had a lumbar puncture, an endoscopic third ventriculostomy and has been placed on watch and wait, according to The Mirror.

Tiffani said that it was from reading HeadSmart that she knew something was seriously wrong with her young son.

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