Dad who went to doctors when water spurted from nose told he had months to live 4 months ago

Dad who went to doctors when water spurted from nose told he had months to live

He took a drink of water and it came back out of his nose

A man who was surprised when water spurted from his nose after taking a drink was taken aback when a visit to the doctor revealed he had months to live.

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Phil Sledden-Houston of Middleton, Rochdale, was just 48-years-old when he discovered he needed life-saving invasive surgery after it was discovered he had a tumour "the size of a tennis ball" inside his cheek.

As per the Manchester Evening News, the father of two had been a heavy smoker for years, starting around "15 or 16" and in 2018, "[he] was drinking water and some of it came out of [his] nose."

Immediately alarmed, Sledden-Houston said, "I knew something wasn’t right, so I went to get help. I was referred to see a specialist at the dental hospital, who told me I had cancer and that it was serious, and I needed to have an urgent MRI scan and biopsy.

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"A week later I was diagnosed with Stage 4 (palliative care) mouth cancer and the doctor told me I had a choice – to decide to have the operation within a month or die. He said I could have six months to live and maybe see Christmas. I had to quit smoking immediately."

The man was told the tumour was inside his cheekbone and had been there for at least "four years"; a team of surgeons then proceeded to operate on Sledden-Houston for over 15 hours, cutting his face in half and removing his cheekbone, eye and palate in order to get to the hefty tumour.

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Part of his hip bone was used to replace the piece removed and reconstruct his face, resulting in a slight facial disfigurement as the nerves in his face were unfortunately damaged during surgery; Sledden-Houston is still unable to smile.

It took months for him to recover and he couldn’t talk or eat properly for half a year - but thanks to a facelift in October 2019, he has "much more confidence" and only a faint scar these days.

Sledden-Houston went on to say, “It looks like I’ve had a tiny stroke, but I have been incredibly lucky as not everyone makes it through," adding that he was also lucky to not have to undergo any radio or chemotherapy.

The 51-year-old has now been in remission for over three years and has "never felt better”. Since Friday is World Cancer Day, Phil is urging "everyone to give quitting a go before you end up like me.”

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