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Mum, youíre a life-saver!

Reporter: Robbie Gill
Date online: 15 April 2014

A GRATEFUL daughter has paid tribute to her mum’s determination to keep her well.

Claire Barrow (50) of Chadderton, had been ill for a while in 2011 without an apparent cause.

Her mum Doreen Crook (70) was among those concerned by Claire’s health.

After a visit to the doctor in April that year, Claire phoned her mum by accident - and it might have saved her life

A few days later Claire was feeling unwell and thought she was calling the doctor - but phoned her mum by mistake. Doreen sped to Claire’s home to help her.

Claire said: When she arrived she found me having a fit.”

Mrs Crook and her son Quentin rushed Claire to the Royal Oldham Hospital and Doreen insisted that her daughter be given a scan.

The result revealed that Claire had a brain tumour - and required immediate, life-saving surgery.

After the operation at Salford Royal hospital, Claire went into a coma - but her mum and best friend Fionna Gillespie sat with her until she came around.

Claire said: “I was in a wheelchair for some time afterwards. I needed to learn to walk again and my mum was by my side even then. She was fantastic. She encouraged me to push myself.

“Without her support I don’t think I would have done so well. My brother also played a big part and gave me wonderful support.

“My mum saved my life, so I felt she deserves recognition for her support. It just goes to show how mum always knows best!”

Mrs Crook has since been named the Oldham winner of a Mother’s Day competition run by clothes store Bon Marche.

Mrs Crook said: “It’s been so difficult but we had to stay positive. The medical team were overwhelmingly good and the progress Claire has made has been phenomenal.”


All the very best to Claire and Mrs Crook. Mum's are one in a million. x


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