Death of teacher who once volunteered to undergo pioneering brain operation

Sally Heddle
Sally Heddle

A FORMER teacher who underwent pioneering brain surgery while still awake has died.

Sally Heddle, nee Bristow, who lived in St Mary’s, Orkney in Scotland, went to Hastings High School for Girls and was the daughter of Frank Bristow, assistant education officer for the borough council in the 1950s and 1960s.

She took part in many musical events around the town before going to Royal Holloway College in London to read music.

Mrs Heddle, who died last month aged 74, taught in secondary schools before developing MS after which she devoted her time to charity work.

She was awarded the London Borough of Bromley Medal and a Bromley Rotary citation, before receiving an MBE in 1992 for her charity work.

Mrs Heddle hit the headlines last July when she allowed surgeons at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to remove a brain tumour while fully conscious.

She had lost her ability to speak after the tumour was discovered in April.

Her funeral was held in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, on December 8.