Brave Grantham teenager to shave hair off for charity
A courageous teenager who has undergone 15 neuro surgeries in 10 years has decided to shave her hair to raise funds for the hospital that she has been a patient at for most of her young life.
Chloe Russell, 13, has a number of complex medical conditions including Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) a genetic disorder that can affect multiple systems of the body.
Chloe, who lives with her mum Paula and dad Peter in Gonerby Hill Foot, underwent regular brain scans after being diagnosed at just five years old.
The scans revealed that she had an optic nerve tumour in 2009 and had to have regular MRI scans to monitor it.
The scans revealed that that she had developed Hydrocephalus, a blockage in the ventricles of the brain which was causing immense pressure on her skull.
She had her first shunt fitted in her skull to relieve the pressure and ease the debilitating headaches that she had suffered from for two years.
Chloe, who is in Year 9 at Walton Girls’ High School, was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham last May after the shunt became blocked and underwent emergency surgery to replace it.
She has remained in hospital for the majority of the time ever since and has endured further multiple neuro surgeries.
Her most recent emergency surgery took place in the early hours of Saturday morning, in which a large section of her hair than normal was shaved off.
Peter, an engineer in the Royal Air Force, said: “Normally she only has very small areas of hair shaved off during surgery so she was quite upset when she saw how much had been taken this time.”
But determined to turn it into a positive, Chloe, who is also partially sighted, has now decided to shave off the rest of her hair completely to raise funds for Ward E40 at QMC and the Children’s Brain Tumour Charity.
Peter added: “It takes a lot courage for a young girl to decide to shave off her ‘identity’ but in addition, given that this will reveal a large number of scars takes her courage to a different level.
“Chloe is rarely without a smile and is always thinking of others.”
She was awarded a Child of Courage award at the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven‘s seventh annual awards last year, after being nominated by her school.
If you would like to support Chloe and make a donation, visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chloeshair