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Pam: Living with hydrocephalus

Pam recently retired at 64 years of age after a 42-year Teaching career. Initially as an Early Years and Primary School Teacher then later she also qualified as a Special Education and English as a Second Language Teacher.

When Pam was six years old (1957) she was diagnosed with Benign Juvenile Hydrocephalus (a build-up of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain). If Pam’s Hydrocephalus was left untreated it would lead to unsteadiness of walking and gradual loss of mobility, migraine headaches, nausea, vomiting, and blackouts. It would also impair her Gross and Fine Motor Skills, Thinking Abilities, Academic Performance and Emotional Wellbeing.

Pam underwent successful surgery undertaken by Mr Trevor Dinning in 1957 to implant a Ventricle-Spinal Shunt. Through immense time, effort, and determination, and with supportive parents, Pam mostly succeeded in achieving her career and personal goals.

When Pam was 31 in 1982 she suffered balance issues, unsteady walking, migraine headaches and 2 blackouts. A visit to her Neurosurgeon Trevor Dining followed by a Head CT Scan revealed chronic changes of raised pressure.

Mr Trevor Dinning referred Pam to Mr Peter Reilly who implanted a V-P Shunt. Six years after implanting the Shunt Pam felt unwell again. A revision operation revealed that her Shunt was broken. A stronger Shunt was implanted and yearly / 2 yearly check-ups continue to this day.

None of this would have been possible without Neurosurgical Research and the two highly skilled and brilliant Neurosurgeons who diagnosed and treated Pam’s Hydrocephalus.

Pam says her quality of life would have been vastly limited if her Hydrocephalus was left untreated.

Neurosurgical research and neurosurgery enhances and saves lives.

In gratitude Pam regularly donates to the Neurosurgical Research Foundation.

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