Teen thought her drooping eye was booze-related, but it was a brain tumor

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A teenager who noticed her eyelid was drooping thought it was due to drinking alcohol, but later discovered it was a brain tumor.

During a Facetime chat, Megan Barker’s boyfriend was the first to point out that her eyes looked “uneven.”

The 19-year-old told news service SWNS, “My boyfriend said to me ‘there’s something wrong with your eyes’ and he said they weren’t even.”

But travel agent Megan initially blamed it on having a few drinks —until her family noticed her left eye was drooping three weeks later on Christmas Day.

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Megan Barker after surgery to remove a tumour from her sinus. See SWNS story SWEYE; A teenager has told how a tumour in her head gave her 'wonky eyes' - but she blamed it on party pre-drinks. Megan Barker, 19, was Facetiming her boyfriend Luke Mayes in the taxi on the way to her work Christmas party when he spotted her "uneven" eyes. But travel agent Megan blamed it on having a few drinks - until family noticed her left eye was drooping three weeks later. Fearing she was allergic to her false eyelashes or had an infection, she consulted medics, and tests eventually revealed a benign tumour in her sinus.

Following a craniotomy, Megan Barker’s eyes swelled shut. The tumor surgeons removed is suspected to be a mass of calcium.

 (© Megan Barker / SWNS)

“There was eight of us there and every person had asked what was wrong with my eye,” she further noted, “This is when I think I first started realizing it wasn’t just me that was noticing the change in it.”

In late December, CT scans and X-rays revealed a mass pressing on her left eye socket. Doctors decided the tumor was too big and proceeded to perform a Bifrontal Craniotomy in February.

Scan of Megan Barker's head showing the tumour (circled) in her sinus. See SWNS story SWEYE; A teenager has told how a tumour in her head gave her 'wonky eyes' - but she blamed it on party pre-drinks. Megan Barker, 19, was Facetiming her boyfriend Luke Mayes in the taxi on the way to her work Christmas party when he spotted her "uneven" eyes. But travel agent Megan blamed it on having a few drinks - until family noticed her left eye was drooping three weeks later. Fearing she was allergic to her false eyelashes or had an infection, she consulted medics, and tests eventually revealed a benign tumour in her sinus.

CT scans and X-rays revealed a mass pressing on Megan Barker’s left eye socket. Doctors decided the tumor was too big and proceeded to perform a craniotomy.

 (© Megan Barker / SWNS)

“It was really scary and stressful but they said because it was affecting my vision, they couldn’t just leave it,” Megan said. Surgeons had to saw open her skull and peel back her face to remove the mass which had been crushing her eye socket.

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“They pulled my skin from my face down, cut the top part of my skull out, reconstructed the socket, took the mass and the sinus out, and then put the skull back together with pins,” the British teenager explained.

Megan is recovering at home and waiting on test results on the growth, which doctors suspect is a mass of calcium.



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