A 13-year-old Perth boy has been diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a fist after a tongue abnormality was picked up by a quick thinking dentist during a routine appointment.

Konah Brown began frequently complaining of intense headaches and a sore neck in January last year, but was told by several doctors and a chiropractor there was nothing wrong and the pain stemmed from ‘too much video games and poor posture.’

‘Doctors kept telling me, ‘nothing wrong with him, nothing wrong with him’,’ his mum Shirley told Today Tonight.

Konah Brown, 13, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a fist after a tongue abnormality was picked up by a quick thinking Perth dentist during a routine appointment (pictured)
Konah began frequently complaining of intense headaches and a sore neck in January last year
It wasn’t until the teenager went to the dentist in October that the cause of Konah’s pain was discovered – a tumour (pictured) wrapping around his brain stem and crushing down on top of his spine

Shirley took Konah to a different doctor in October when he began to slur his words and have difficulty swallowing, but she said they were told to wait for a referral.

It wasn’t until the teenager went to the dentist two weeks later that the cause of Konah’s pain was discovered – a fist sized tumour in the middle of his brain.

Dr Richard Brown said he began Konah’s dental appointment by asking the 13-year-old to stick out his tongue and immediately noticed it went off to one side.

‘What he was telling me, was ringing alarm bells in my head,’ Dr Brown told Today Tonight.

‘When I saw that, I pretty much instantly thought he probably has a brain tumour, something pretty serious.’

Dr Brown told Konah he had to immediately go to the hospital, where specialists told the family the tumour was wrapped around his brain stem and crushing down on top of his spine, according to Konah’s Go Fund Me page.

‘We were told that if they didn’t get to it ASAP that Konah would be dead within the month,’ Shirley wrote on the website.

Konah had previously been told by several doctors and a chiropractor there was nothing wrong and the pain stemmed from ‘too much video games and poor posture
Despite the teen undergoing two surgeries, the tumour is still considered inoperable because of it’s placement in his brain

Despite the teen undergoing two surgeries, the tumour is still considered inoperable because of it’s placement in his brain.

The family is now raising money to send Konah to the U.S. to undergo Proton Beam Therapy.

‘We don’t know if it will help Konah but it is our best chance of keeping our son alive,’ Shirley said.

The treatment’s $180,000 bill will be paid by the Federal Government, according to Today Tonight.

The family are hoping to raise another $30,000 to pay for the flights, accommodation and follow up care.

So far, $3,440 has been raised through Go Fund Me.

The family is now raising money to send Konah (pictured with his mum Shirley) to the U.S. to undergo Proton Beam Therapy

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