Braintree: Rare genetic mutation could have contributed to teaching assistant's brain tumour death (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Braintree: Rare genetic mutation could have contributed to teaching assistant's brain tumour death
3:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A popular teaching assistant died from a brain tumour that may have been caused by a rare genetic mutation with comparable effects to mad cow disease.
Clare Simpson passed away on Saturday - four days after her 38th birthday and six years after she was first diagnosed with a type of brain tumour called a Oligodendroglioma.
Mrs Simpson, of Faggot Yard, Braintree, also had an incredibly rare and, as yet, unnamed genetic mutation that causes early dementia, which husband Matt, 41, compared with mad cow disease.
Her mum, Brenda Bradbury, who died in 2009, was the first person in the world to be diagnosed with the particular mutation.
Doctors at University College Hospital in London are now trying to determine whether the mutation and brain tumour were linked.
Mr Simpson paid a glowing tribute to his wife.
He described her as a huge animal lover, keen walker and also a big Formula One and motorsports fan.
He also said how she used to come home from working as a teaching assistant at Edith Borthwick School upset at not being able to help the pupils more.
“That was her,” he said. “Someone else was always first.”
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