19-year old Megan Barker initially blamed her drooping eye on alcohol, but later discovered a huge tumor behind her eye socket. (© Megan Barker / SWNS)
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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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.
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.