Mum battling cancer has tongue reconstructed using a piece of her LEG


A MUM who had a third of her cancerous tongue removed had it rebuilt from a piece of her leg.

Annabel Lovick’s tongue was repaired with tissue and blood vessels from her calf.

Mum of two Annabel Lovick had her tongue reconstructed using a piece of her leg

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Mum of two Annabel Lovick had her tongue reconstructed using a piece of her leg

The life coach, 48, also had three teeth and some lymph nodes taken out in a tough ten-hour op to deal with a grape-size mouth tumour.

Her speech is now normal, although she slurs when tired.

But Annabel said: “I couldn’t believe I needed so much surgery for something so small.”

The mum of two, of Bromley, South London, first noticed a sore spot on her tongue last summer.

Her GP said not to worry but it became more painful and tests revealed the tumour.

Annabel spent a fortnight in Guy’s Hospital, London, after the op and it was eight days before she could eat and speak.

Her sense of taste was unaffected but chewing was difficult.

Doctors used tissue and blood vessels from her calf

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Doctors used tissue and blood vessels from her calf
Annabel spent a fortnight in hospital and it was eight days before she could eat and speak

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Annabel spent a fortnight in hospital and it was eight days before she could eat and speak
Luckily her sense of taste was unaffected

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Luckily her sense of taste was unaffected

Mouth cancers are more deadly than breast cancer, with 8,300 UK cases and 2,700 deaths a year.

Annabel said: “Tongue cancer spreads extremely quickly but treatment is very successful if it is caught early.

“Don’t be fobbed off by your doctor.”

Annabel, pictured before the op, says 'if you are worried, don’t be fobbed off by your doctor'

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Annabel, pictured before the op, says ‘if you are worried, don’t be fobbed off by your doctor’
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