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Eccleshall mum Claire Hubbard sees improvement in her condition

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 20, 2014


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AN ECCLESHALL mum suffering a debilitating brain condition is hoping she may finally have found a cure for her condition. Claire Hubbard, who suffers with intracranial hypotension which causes brain or spinal fluid to leak, has been raising £13,000 for pioneering treatment in the USA. The teacher and former marathon runner has to use a wheelchair to get around, has a constant headache and has to lie down regularly and suffers body jerks and spasms. She had been hoping to travel abroad to get treatment to scan the brain and find out exactly where the leak was so it could be treated. An overwhelming number of supporters, including her twin sister Louise Walmsley, husband Paul and daughters Amy, 21, and Kate, 18, came forward to help her. She raised just over £20,000, which included an anonymous £10,000 donation, but was admitted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire on March 30 when her condition worsened. Claire began writing a blog to share her story and let all her supporters know exactly how she was. And she has now under gone blood patching, which involved having injections in her spine to close leaks in her spine. She is now recovering at home and although it is too early to say how successful the treatment has been she has so far noticed a major improvement. Claire may still travel to the USA for further treatment but so far has been thrilled with the results. In her latest blog post she said: “I keep thinking I can’t walk around town because I will need help back to the car, but I don’t. I keep thinking I can’t plan to go out to meet my friends but I can. After four and a half years, it’s going to be a bit of a hard habit to break, but I’m going to love doing it.”

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