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Mum talks again after doctors removed 90% of her tongue – then rebuilt it from her arm

A mum-of-one defied doctors by speaking again, despite having 90% of her tongue removed during surgery for an aggressive cancer.

Gemma Weeks, 37, said she had been having problems with her tongue for six years after a small white patch appeared on the side.

But in February this year a large hole developed, which was so painful she couldn’t eat.

Gemma took herself to A&E, where the mum-of-one was told she had stage four mouth and neck cancer and was rushed into surgery. Read the full story here ▶