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Scarred, 2017

by Nicole Katherine Wells

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Finalist

Colin had a brain tumour back in 2015 – it was a benign meningioma. Doctors determined that the tumour was still growing, so they had to remove it. (The surgeon told Colin he would probably have only had a year to live before it killed him).  After surgery Colin’s scar became infected, resulting in sepsis; it was one of the scariest times of his life. Because Colin developed sepsis, they don't want to re-operate on his head to replace the missing plate with a new one. This is why he has a dip in the back of his head, which makes him feel slightly vulnerable.

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