Tom Brake visits local student art exhibition

June 10, 2011 12:52 PM

Earlier this week local MP Tom Brake went along to Croydon Higher Education College to see the art of a local student inspired by her illness.

Kerri Melbourne suffers from Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), a condition caused by an abnormal tangling of blood vessels. Upon leaving school Kerri was unable to go to university due to her illness but has now completed the first year of a Fine Art degree, for which she prepared her piece of work entitled 'Fragile'.

Tom said: "'Fragile' contained a series of MRI scans of her brain on glass to represent the fragility of her brain and the journey she has made over the years. Kerri's art is an inspirational example of someone using their personal experience and creativity to raise awareness for a very important cause."

AVM is a rare condition that affects less than 1% of the general population. Though the cause is still unknown, it is believed that it is due to the abnormal growth of blood vessels during foetal development. Though AVM can occur anywhere in the body, those affecting the brain, known as Cerebral AVMs, are particularly dangerous due to the damage to surrounding brain tissue they cause when they bleed.

Treatment usually involves surgery, radiation therapy or embolization, the process of cutting blood supply to the AVM.

To find out more about AVM you can visit the website of AVM Support UK, a group working to provide information about the condition, at

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