Former Frenchay Hospital patient saved by brain surgery returns Olympic torch

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Two years ago Caitlin Lewis went through life-saving brain surgery to remove a brain tumour at Frenchay Hospital.

In May she carried the Olympic flame through Shepton Mallett, Somerset, and returned to Frenchay Hospital’s children’s unit with her Olympic torch to show patients and tell them about her experiences.

Following her surgery Caitlin, now 19, spent two weeks in hospital and had to take a year out of school during her recovery.

She has now finished her A Levels and hopes to go to university in September to study biomedical sciences and hopes to become a doctor.

Neurosurgeon Mike Carter who operated on Caitlin said: “It was wonderful to be able to welcome Caitlin back, especially after she has achieved so much in carrying the Olympic flame as part of the torch relay.

“It was a privilege for the patients and staff at Frenchay to be able to see the torch up close and hear about Caitlin’s experience.”