A 21-year-old who defied the odds when brain surgery left him partially paralysed has been nominated for a Your Champions award.

Rob Hughes, of Ellesmere Port, heads to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco this month for a 10-day trek reaching heights of more than 13,000ft to raise funds for trip organisers Journey of a Lifetime Trust (JoLT) – so they can send another young person on the adventure of a lifetime.

Rob, who works as a technical services manager at Solex Systems Ltd in Broughton, was diagnosed with a benign dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour (DNET) when he was just eight. It caused him to have epileptic seizures, which were controlled with medication.

A routine MRI scan when he was 15 revealed the tumour had started to grow. He had an operation to remove it, but it took eight hours to complete the procedure instead of the expected four.

Rob, who lives in Ellesmere Port, suffered a stroke towards the end of the surgery and was left paralysed down the right side of his body. He was unconscious for almost a week and when he came round his memory was almost non-existent and he had problems with vision.

Rob went on to astound medical professionals by making a full recovery within six weeks.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/robertjhughes or text JOLT91 and your donation to 70070.

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