A little boy missed his own birthday party after a random seizure at school uncovered that he had a rare egg sized tumour in his brain.

Noah Forster, from St Helens , was complaining of a sore head and neck while at school at on the day before his fifth birthday.

Just hours later Noah had a seizure and fell unconscious at St Theresa’s Catholic School and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

Although he had not suffered from any other symptoms before that day, emergency scans later showed the large tumour growing inside his head.

Noah Forster, from St Helens, had a seizure at school which uncovered a large, egg-sized, brain tumour

Noah, who is now six, was then moved to Alder Hey for a craniotomy, to remove the tumour, and had three metal plates put in his head.

As a result of the tumour or the surgery, Noah then acquired a brain injury that meant he had to learn to read and write again.

 

He also suffers from memory loss and extreme fatigue.

Nearly 18 months later, Noah now has six-monthly MRI scans to monitor his condition for any changes which may require more surgery.

Noah, who is now six, with mum Donna, had to have a craniotomy and three metal plates put in his head after his tumour was discovered

Despite the trauma and  treatment that Noah has went through, he has found a love for creativity and will have his artwork included in an exhibition this weekend.

"My Brain, My Journey" at Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester will show off Noah's artwork as part of a collection by children and young adults who have had brain injuries and used their creativity to express their emotions and experiences.

 

Noah’s mum, Donna, is sharing the family’s story through The Brain Tumour Charity to raise awareness of brain tumours and their impact.

Donna said: "Life just completely changed overnight, I look back now and it feels like it was all a very bad dream. 

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"The doctors told me that the tumour was likely to have been there a while even though that morning was the first time Noah had even complained of a headache.

"We couldn’t believe how fast everything changed.

“Now, Noah can’t keep up with his friends and he is slower at learning. But our boy is very bright and articulate – he enjoys history and art.

"He is loving, kind, clever and he has taken everything in his stride without ever crying or complaining.

Noah, who is now six, with mum Donna, had to have a craniotomy and three metal plates put in his head after his tumour was discovered

"For that, we are totally grateful and very blessed – Noah is a real-life superhero.”

The Brain Tumour Charity is the world's leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally.

 

It aims to raise awareness of the disease, which is the number one cancer killer of children and adults under 40 years old.

Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, said:  Noah’s story illustrates how fast brain tumours can strike and the huge impact which they can have - quite literally, overnight.

Noah Forster's artwork will be showcased in an exhibition called "My Brain, My Journey"

"He is a truly inspiring little boy who has shown strength, courage and determination beyond his years in the face of this cruel disease.

“At The Brain Tumour Charity, we’re working hard to reduce the damage caused by brain tumours by investing in worldwide research into the disease.

“We’re also here to provide the emotional and practical help and support which people need when they are diagnosed and receiving treatment.”