Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Within Minutes I Was Blind in One Eye; TEENAGE MS AMBASSADOR PATSY SUFFERS TERRIFYING HEALTH SETBACK

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Within Minutes I Was Blind in One Eye; TEENAGE MS AMBASSADOR PATSY SUFFERS TERRIFYING HEALTH SETBACK

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Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG

MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer Patsy Peebles faces losing her sight after a terrifying 20 minute ordeal.

One of Britain's youngest victims of the condition lost the sight in one of her eyes moments after thinking she was suffering from sinus troubles.

Patsy, of Deckham, Gateshead, was diagnosed with MS two years ago when she was just 14.

It is feared a lesion on her brain may be to blame for her latest setback.

The 16-year-old now faces a series of brain scans at Newcastle General Hospital after losing the sight in one eye and suffering blurred vision in the other.

Medics will look for any new lesions on Patsy's brain which may be affecting her optic nerves.

Specialists have failed to pinpoint the cause of Patsy's sight loss, and have so far been unable to tell her whether it is permanent.

Patsy said: "It's frightening.

"I'm scared it's going downhill when everything was going so well.

"I wish I was better because it's upsetting too many people.

"It's been terrifying. I got a pain in my eye and nose which I thought was just something to do with my sinuses."

Patsy, whose GCSE studies have been put on hold, told how within just 20 minutes she could no longer see from her left eye, and barely from her right.

"It's got me really down," she said.

"I'm going to have an MRI scan which will hopefully find out what's happening."

Last month, Patsy, told of her dreams of becoming a specialist nurse treating MS sufferers.

For many people with MS, one of the early symptoms is a problem with vision.

This may be in the form of loss or blurring of vision, or double vision.

Patsy was given the shattering MS diagnosis by doctors in the summer of 2007.

She fell a full 10 years below the normal diagnosis age of 25 to 40.

The pupil at Gateshead's Thomas Hepburn School remains the only person under 18 to try out the MS wonder drug Campath. …

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