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Ache ‘from Zoom calls’ was tumour

Devoted: Gary Nelson with Olive PICTURES: SWNS

A DEVOTED dad who blamed his stiff neck on working from home was ‘devastated’ to discover he has an inoperable brain tumour.

Gary Nelson, a marketing manger for Fitbit, suffered aches and pains while working long hours remotely during the lockdown in April.

The 42-year-old’s GP told him it could be posture-related, due to laptop use or too much time on Zoom calls.

But tests later revealed the aggressive tumour on his brain stem.

Mr Nelson has had two previous tumours, one in childhood that was treated with radiotherapy and another in 2012 when he and his wife Amy — who have a six-year-old daughter Olive — were working in Dubai.

Mrs Nelson, 40, said: ‘Another brain tumour diagnosis was the last thing we were expecting, having been reassured that he had probably been having too much screen time.’

Mr Nelson, from Chester, cannot have radiotherapy. Being treated with it as a child is thought to have caused his new tumour. ‘An operation would render him paralysed from the neck down,’ his wife added. Mr Nelson (pictured before a previous op) is on a course of chemotherapy tablets. ‘This is a fight we are taking on together,’ Mrs Nelson said.

The couple are now raising funds for the Brain Tumour Research charity.

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