Nursing student with life-threatening brain condition raises £10,000 for charity
Second-year student raises funds for brain injuries cause after her life was saved by surgery
A nursing student who was the first UK adult to have pioneering surgery for a rare brain condition has raised more than £10,000 for local charity Neurocare.
Georgina Redfearne, from Nottinghamshire, was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition hydrocephalus – or spinal fluid build-up on the brain – as a teenager.
She had eight operations before she was fitted with a telemetric ICP monitor, inserted in her skull to monitor her fluid levels, while a shunt drains excess fluid to her abdomen where it can be absorbed. The pioneering technique was performed at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.
To say thanks, the second-year adult nursing student at the University of Sheffield, raised the money for charity Neurocare through several fundraising events. The proceeds will go towards a new neuro rehabilitation ward at the Northern General.
Speaking to The Sheffield Star newspaper, Ms Redfearne said: 'Neurocare really supported me with the equipment they provided and just by emailing to see whether I was okay, so it really helped and I wanted to do something for them. I am lots better now.'