24th September


NHNN/PC/6/1 Press cuttings: Apr 1937 - May 1939

Extracts from an article in the Wrexham Advertiser

A brilliant brain operation by Mr Harvey Jackson FRCS of Wimpole Street, one of the greatest surgeons of his day, has resulted in the saving of the life of Emyr Wyn Davies, youngest son of the Rev Fred H Davies, Bethania, Upper Tumble and Mrs Davies.


It appears that Emyr, a 12-year-old boy of great intellectual ability, was suffering from a tumour on the brain. The only way his life could be spared was by on operation of exceptional delicacy.

It was impossible for the operation to be performed either in Swansea or Cardiff, so the step was taken at the National Hospital, Queen Square, London, and Mr Jackson was successful in removing the tumour. The boy almost as soon as he had recovered from the effects of anaesthetic, showed increased vitality and powers of perception. He is now on his way to recovery.


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Extracts are taken from the staff records, letters, the reports of the Matron and the Lady Superintendent, and the minutes of the Board of Management and the Medical Committee. They were compiled with the help of Janet Townsend, Frankie Alves, Louise Shepherd, Michael Clark and Liz Yamada

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