Fundraiser Spotlight: Sarah Luxford

20 January 2022
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On 29th August 2009 Sarah’s life changed dramatically when she suffered the first of three brain Haemorrhages whilst on holiday in Portugal where a very large Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), a group of blood vessels in your body forming incorrectly, was discovered in her brain.

Sarah was flown back to UK by Air Ambulance where she underwent multiple scans and discussions with consultants before it was decided that a Craniotomy (a surgical operation in which a bone flap is temporarily removed from the skull to access the brain) was not possible.

It was decided that she should have staged embolisations, which are procedures to stop the blood flow to a certain part of your body by blocking a small artery or vein, at St George’s Hospital.

This would be followed by Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery, radiation therapy to treat abnormalities in the brain, at The Royal Hallamshire in Sheffield.

However, after suffering further issues, and undergoing another lot of Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery, an MRI scan showed she had a large cyst in her brain. This was drained at St George’s Hospital and it turned out that the cyst had created space between the AVM and healthy part of Sarah’s brain which meant she could finally have a Craniotomy in January 2020 which was able to cure her.

Subsequently, as she approached her 50th birthday last year, she decided to ask for donations to thank St George’s and The Royal Hallamshire for saving her life.

Sarah said: "I Chose to support St George's Hospital Charity because the majority of my ops/treatment have taken place there and the consultants and medical team have been absolutely amazing.

"I honestly believe they saved my life and there is no way I could ever really show them how much that means to me and my family, so I hope that me raising money at least goes some way to showing them how much I appreciate everything they have done for me."

Speaking to the team at St George's that treated her Sarah said: "I will never be able to repay you nor really express how incredibly grateful I and my family are to you all. You are honestly amazing, and I don't believe I would be here now if it wasn't for your incredible talent, endless hard work and dedication. Thank you so much!"

You can find out more about Sarah's story and donate by visiting her JustGiving page by clicking the button below.

Sarah's JustGiving

Sarah has organised a raffle to raise more funds with companies donating some amazing prizes including a £50 voucher from Experience Days, a hotel stay, beauty treatments and so much more – get involved here.

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