A FUNDRAISER was held for a medical centre which saved the life of a Flintshire woman.

Nia Roscoe, from Flint, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2018, aged just 27.

Following the diagnoses, she was referred to The Walton Centre - a major neurology hospital in Liverpool.

And while the only positive news to come out of that diagnosis was that the tumour was benign, it did not mean Nia was in the clear.

They can cause seizures or cause neurologic problems, such as paralysis and speech difficulties.

Even if a brain tumour is benign and growing slowly, eventually the brain will not be able to tolerate that, and symptoms will develop, which can be life-threatening.

And those dangers became a reality when Nia was told she needed to have surgery to remove the tumour - which had begun to grow rapidly.

She underwent a gruelling 12 hours of surgery to try remove the tumour that was growing on her brain.

Nia said: "At first, the doctors said we'll just monitor the tumour and see how we go, whilst deciding what I would like to do if the time come to needing surgery or leave it.

"A few months later, I had the option to leave the tumour taken away from me due to the speed at which it was growing.

"The surgery didn't really phase me as I'd already researched everything when they said I may be able to go for that option so I knew the operation process.

"But my family were really scared."

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Nia had surgery on her stomach to remove fat, to add in place of the tumour.

She added: "After the surgery, I was in ICU then moved onto a ward to recover, it was tough and very sore, especially the times where my head wound would re-open and I'd then end up back in hospital.

"I also had a haematoma in my stomach and was leaking spinal fluid which caused me to miss my Nana's wedding as I was being re-admitted into hospital

"But miraculously, I made it to the night do!"

Recovery was tough, but Nia was not letting it beat her.

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The scars from surgery did not want to heal to begin with and it took numerous trips back to The Walton Centre to re-treat them.

With only 10 weeks of recovery Nia come bursting back onto the scene and got straight back to her work as a residential care worker.

And now Nia, with cousin and great friend Jessica Hughes, will be undertaking various fundraising activities in aid of The Walton Centre Charity. The charity raises funds for innovative equipment; research; as well as improved facilities for patients of the centre and their families.

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The first of which was held at Broughton Community Centre - of which a few of the committee members have been treated at the centre - and saw a variety of stalls, a bouncy castle kids play bus and even a visit from Spiderman for attendees to enjoy.

Mrs Chester Galaxy 2019/20 - Natalie Paweleck - was also in attendance to show her support.

The local community helped raise an impressive £450 towards Nia and Jessica's year of fundraising for the Walton Centre.

Nia said: "The funday was a huge success, it brought all our family and friends together and even others that are currently under the Walton's care to visited us."

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Nia's health continues to go from strength to strength, and she is gearing herself up to do a skydive to carry on raising funds. The only lasting damage being no hearing in the affected ear and the scars from treatment.

She added: "I will continue to be an outpatient for future scans to ensure everything is okay, but other than that I'm fighting fit thanks to the fabulous team at the hospital."

The Walton Centre in Liverpool roughly 100,000 patients each year, with conditions ranging from head and spinal trauma injuries; brain and spine tumours; Epilipsy, MS, Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinsons.

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