Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Baby Joy for Teen after Docs' Brain Tumour Warning; Girl, 19, Was Pregnant and Didn't Have Cancerous Growth

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Baby Joy for Teen after Docs' Brain Tumour Warning; Girl, 19, Was Pregnant and Didn't Have Cancerous Growth

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

A TEENAGER claims doctors told her she could have a potentially deadly brain tumour - but she instead turned out to be seven months pregnant.

Mandy Kulinich, 19, had gone to her GP after concerns regarding her health.

She says the doctor failed to examine her or even mention the possibility she could be pregnant, despite her showing some tell-tale signs, and instead sent her for blood tests.

They revealed that Miss Kulinich had high prolactin levels in her blood, a hormone which occurs naturally during pregnancy and is produced by the pituitary gland, which lies under the brain of the skull.

She then says she was told by a second doctor that she could be suffering from a pituitary gland tumour and arrangements were made for an MRI scan.

The terrified teenager was warned an operation to remove the brain tumour might have to be done.

The college student spent three weeks fearing the worst until her mum insisted she take a pregnancy test - something the medical experts had failed to suggest.

It was then that Miss Kulinich, from South Shields, discovered she was seven months pregnant.

She said: "My mam had started researching pituitary gland tumours and all the information said they were only a consideration once pregnancy was ruled out.

"She suggested I take I pregnancy test and when I did, all three that I took came back positive.

"I was shocked, even though I hadn't had a period for months because I'd had irregular periods all my life. I thought I wasn't ovulating and wouldn't be able to fall pregnant so I came off the pill in December as it was making me gain weight.

"After I took the tests, it started to sink in that I might actually be pregnant.

"I thought I would only be about three or four months along because I had no bump at all, and I'd recently lost almost three stone in weight. …

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