Connor Moir Learns to Walk Again After Brain Tumor Surgery

Connor Moir, 23, underwent a 6-hour operation to remove a benign brain tumor, leaving him paralyzed on his right side. After months of rehabilitation, he regained control and participated in the Hyrox fitness challenge, raising awareness about brain tumors.

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Connor Moir Learns to Walk Again After Brain Tumor Surgery

Connor Moir Learns to Walk Again After Brain Tumor Surgery

Connor Moir, a 23-year-old from Aberdeen, Scotland, has made a remarkable recovery after being left paralyzed on his right side following a successful 6-hour operation to remove a benign brain tumor, a meningioma, at Dundee Nine Well's Hospital in August 2022.

In January 2022, Connor started experiencing numbness in his right arm, which he didn't think was serious. After a few months, he began experiencing sickness and excruciating headaches, which he attributed to his social life. However, in August 2022, he developed double vision and visited his local opticians, who discovered a mass on his brain and referred him to Dundee Nine Well's Hospital for a CT scan and MRI.

Why this matters: This story highlights the importance of seeking medical attention when experiencing unusual symptoms, as early detection can significantly impact treatment outcomes and quality of life. Raising awareness about brain tumors and their symptoms can lead to improved diagnosis rates and better patient care.

The MRI scan revealed a meningioma, a benign brain tumor, which was successfully removed during a 6-hour operation. However, the operation left Connor paralyzed on his right side due to the tumor's location. He had to relearn how to walk, eat, and write.

Connor described his experience, saying,"When the tumor was cut out, it was like they snipped the connection from my brain to the right side of my body. I am right-handed, so I could barely eat or do anything with my right hand. I was left completely paralyzed on my right side. "He added,"The road to recovery was paved with blood, sweat, and tears, and I mean that literally. For about two months, I had very little control over the entire right side of my body as the tumor was located on the part of my brain that controlled that side."

By November 2022, Connor had regained complete control over his right side and participated in the Hyrox fitness challenge in Glasgow, Scotland. He said, "Once I was able to walk by myself, I went to watch my friend Laszlo compete in the Hyrox Solo category last year... I decided then and there that I was going to compete in the event the following year. If I can get across that finish line, I have recovered, I will have beaten the tumor, and I am free."

Connor is a young ambassador at The Brain Tumour Charity, which aims to raise awareness about the impact of brain tumors. Abi Hames, Young Ambassador Lead at The Brain Tumour Charity, said, "Our Young Ambassadors are an integral part of The Brain Tumour Charity. Each of them has close personal experience of the impact of a brain tumor, and we're so grateful for all they are doing to advocate for so many to help drive change for everyone affected by the disease."

This story highlights the importance of seeking medical attention if headaches are accompanied by other symptoms such as speech problems, difficulty balancing or walking, blurred or double vision, weakness in the arms or legs, jaw pain when eating, or sudden and extreme pain. Connor Moir's journey serves as an inspiration to others facing similar challenges, demonstrating the power of perseverance and a positive mindset in overcoming even the most daunting obstacles.