Fundraising inspired by brave Leeds tot

Nyla Grace Brannan with her mum Lorraine Clayton. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Nyla Grace Brannan with her mum Lorraine Clayton. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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When Nyla-grace Brannan’s family noticed her eye seemed “wobbly”, they never imagined a brain tumour could be the cause.

A year on, the two-year-old has lost her sight in one eye after surgery to remove most of the benign tumour.

Now her parents are living in hope that it will not grow back and leave her blind.

Mum Lorraine Clayton said: “She had a scan a few weeks ago and the tumour has stablised since January. She’s got another MRI scan in three months and they’ll keep monitoring her.”

The tot’s eye problems were first picked up by her mum, and dad Ashley Brannan, during a holiday last spring.

“Her eye was doing little circular movements,” said Lorraine, from Pudsey, Leeds.

When they returned home, she was seen by several medics who said she needed to see an eye specialist.

At the appointment a few weeks later, Nyla-Grace was referred for a scan, which showed the tumour.

“I wasn’t surprised it was serious but I wasn’t thinking along the lines of a brain tumour,” her mum, 33, said. “But we knew there was something pushing her eye forward.”

Nyla-Grace has an Optic Pathway Glioma, which develops in areas transmitting visual information from the eyes to the brain.

The youngster was treated with chemotherapy but when a scan in December showed the tumour was still growing, doctors decided to remove as much as they could.

Now Nyla-Grace’s family have been inspired to fundraise for two cancer charities.

Her uncle Michael Banks has organised a Liverpool to Leeds towpath bike ride over the Easter weekend and a homecoming family fun day will take place at Stanningley Rugby Club from 1pm on April 20. Proceeds will go towards Candlelighters, which supported Nyla, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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