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Mum's pride at her caring kids
4:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A PROUD mum says her children are the best in the world after they helped her battle through a crippling illness.
And they now want to raise money to help fight her rare condition.
Melanie Collins, 38, said she almost went blind after becoming seriously ill.
An optician could find nothing wrong when he examined Melanie but sent her to an eye specialist to be on the safe side.
After leaving Colchester's Lexden Hospital she got an emergency phone call telling her to rush to A&E.
Melanie had a suspected brain tumour but got the all-clear after an MRI scan.
More tests revealed her brain was being flooded with spinal fluid.
She had a rare neurological disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension, or IIH.
It affects just one in 100,000 people.
Young daughters Morgan, aged ten, Madison nine, and Michaela, six, helped their mum cope.
"They have been amazing," said Melanie.
"They've been through it all and watched me be really ill.
"They've been so supportive."
Her children now plan to raise money to help fight IIH, by holding events such as cake sales.
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