21 year old with brain tumours declared ‘Fit for Work’ by Department of Work & Pensions

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Mum Rita Curtis, 47, said Philip’s tumours were first diagnosed when he was 11 years old and since had three removed and two vents put in his head.

“He was getting these headaches and he had to be taken home from school and would go to bed. He would be vomiting.

He’s had a lot of surgery. As well as the initial biopsy, he’s had three tumours removed and two vents in his head. There’s been five operations over the last couple of years.

From last July when DWP stopped his money I’ve had to support him on my part-time night worker’s pay.

I’m paying my mortgage, utilities, and looking after his needs as a carer and I’m on my own.

It’s very stressful because in between working and caring for Philip I’ve got to help him with all the paperwork.

I find it difficult to understand that paperwork. Filling in that initial form, they asked the same question in different ways. It is very confusing.”