Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When Katrina Died It Was Devastating ( We're Going to Peru in Her Memory

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When Katrina Died It Was Devastating ( We're Going to Peru in Her Memory

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Byline: By Craig Thompson

When Caroline Bradley visits Machu Pichu in Peru there will only be one person on her mind.

The North East nursery nurse is preparing to travel to South America in memory of her sister Katrina.

Katrina was just a teenager when, in 1993, doctors discovered a tumour growing on her brain.

Intensive radiotherapy followed as specialists at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary battled to give the Belmont School pupil some hope.

Despite having to learn to walk and talk again, Katrina appeared to be doing well, with scans revealing the tumour had gone.

Caroline, 27, said: "But in 1996, we were told it had come back.

"It all seemed like a blur, like it wasn't really happening."

Katrina's family, including mum Avril, 48, and dad Billy, 53, were told to prepare themselves for the worst.

Caroline added: "When Katrina died it was devastating for all of us.

"She was such an amazing sister. She loved Take That. …

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