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Sara Payne in fight for her life: Vigil for child campaigner hit by brain surgery relapse

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Sara Payne in fight for her life: Vigil for child campaigner hit by brain surgery relapse

Post by Get'emGonçalo on Thu 24 Dec 2009 - 8:04

Child protection campaigner Sara Payne was 'gravely ill' in hospital last night with a rare complication from a previous brain operation.

Relatives were keeping a vigil at the bedside of Mrs Payne, 40, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was killed by a convicted paedophile nine years ago.

In the wake of her tragedy, she led a campaign called Sarah's Law to fight for the right of parents to know if paedophiles are living near them.

Last year Mrs Payne underwent three and a half hours of life-saving surgery to seal the bleeding from an aneurysm - a swollen blood vessel - in her head.

She made a good recovery but was rushed back to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, this week.

A clip inserted during the operation is understood to have come loose, resulting in bleeding that has put her life at risk again.

A friend said: 'Relatives were warned on Tuesday that she might not survive the day. But Sara has always been a fighter and although she is still gravely ill the prognosis is better today.'

It is understood mother-of-four Mrs Payne - who was appointed Victims' Champion by the Government earlier this year - was able to recognise family members yesterday, an encouraging improvement in her condition.

But there are fears the internal bleeding may have caused some lasting damage, the friend said.

Mrs Payne is likely to remain in hospital for several days, and her daughters Charlotte, 15, and five-year-old Ellie will be looked after by relatives over Christmas. Her sons Lee and Luke are 22 and 21. Mrs Payne is separated from her children's father Michael Payne.

An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in its wall. As the blood passes through the weakened part of the vessel, the blood pressure causes it to bulge outwards like a balloon.

If the aneurysm grows too big, there is a danger it will rupture and cause potentially fatal internal bleeding and organ damage.

In the UK each year, an estimated 1,400 people die as a result of a ruptured aneurysms in the brain.

In many cases, the exact cause is unclear, but known risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure and a family history of aneurysms.

Mrs Payne's father Brian Williams, who died two years ago, had been left paralysed by an aneurysm at 55.

Treatment usually involves clipping the aneurysm closed with a tiny metal clip, plugging the flow of blood with coils of metal wires or removing a section of the blood vessel and replacing it with a piece of tubing, known as a graft.

A spokesman for the Royal College of Surgeons said it was a 'rare but known complication'.

Miss Payne had the operation 18 months ago. While recuperating in hospital, she kept in touch by email with her Sarah's Law campaign.

Sarah Payne was abducted by paedophile Roy Whiting as she played in a field in West Sussex in July 2000. Her body was found in a shallow grave two weeks later.

Whiting, 44, was jailed for life in December 2001.


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Post by vaguely on Thu 24 Dec 2009 - 8:06

thoughts to her and her family.

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Post by Autumn on Tue 29 Dec 2009 - 19:27

A truly courageous lady, wishing her a full and speedy recovery.

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Post by Bea_Reasonable on Tue 29 Dec 2009 - 19:30

Nothing but good wishes and hopes to her and her family.

Not certain if others are familiar with her book, the circumstances of little Sarah's loss?

No pitchforking there, I am glad to say.

Sara is an amazing woman.

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Post by Guest on Tue 29 Dec 2009 - 19:39

Poor woman, life is so unfair at times. Sarah Payne does not deserve this. I wish her a full and quick recovery.
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Post by Bea_Reasonable on Tue 29 Dec 2009 - 19:40

PearlB wrote:Poor woman, life is so unfair at times. Sarah Payne does not deserve this. I wish her a full and quick recovery.

Absolutely.

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