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'Our teen blacked out at home - the reason changed our family forever'

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It was a cold day in December when Mark Tindale’s phone began to ring. It was a call from an unknown number. When he answered, he was met by a voice he didn’t recognise.

On the other end was a doctor from Sheffield Children’s Hospital regarding his son Jake. The news Mark was about to hear was so awful that Jake’s mum Katie was unable to tell him herself. “She said she was so sorry, but Jake has a brain tumour,” Mark, from Bury , said. “Those words and that moment will remain with me forever. “I was inconsolable, and I couldn’t process those unbearable words.

I was utterly petrified at the thought of what my 15-year-old boy was about to go through.” READ MORE: "Are you joking?": Girlfriend horrified over partner's spelling of holiday destination in Google search Mark and Katie first realised something was wrong when Jake blacked out and collapsed at home in 2020.

Jake, now 17, was rushed to hospital where he had an MRI scan. Devastatingly, following several more scans, Jake was diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumour.

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