Who is Laura Nuttall? BBC gives terminally ill woman, 22, her dream of presenting the weather report
A young British woman who received a fatal brain cancer diagnosis in 2018 finally accomplished one of her dreams this week when she gave the weather report on a BBC program.
According to The Times UK, Laura Nuttall, a recent college graduate, worked as a weather forecaster for a day, July 25, for the BBC roughly four years after learning she had contracted glioblastoma multiforme and had one and a half years to live.
The 22-year-old joined as a trained weatherwoman on Monday to help with the show's prediction, as shown in a video broadcast by the BBC North West. The British network published a behind-the-scenes video showing Nuttall getting ready and being taken through the weather studio before the episode. She told weatherman Owain Wyn Evans that she was looking forward to the experience.
In her forecast, Laura mentioned regions of high pressure heading into the UK and foreshadowed potential thunderstorms later in the week.
Nuttall, who was a student at King's College London, received a life-altering cancer diagnosis during a regular eye test in October 2018.
In an interview with The Times, Nuttall said, "I never thought I’d be standing there doing the weather forecast. But then again, I never thought I’d be doing a lot of the things I’ve done in the last couple of years. "
"My policy is, if someone suggests something, then basically I am up for doing it. There is so much in the world that I still want to see and do," she concluded.
Despite battling a serious illness, Nuttall has defied the odds and just earned a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Manchester University, according to The Times.
A Facebook page was made devoted to her quest. A part of a post on the page said:
"The journey hasn’t been an easy one and she’s been through so much along the way, including 11 cycles of chemo, 18 weeks of treatment in Germany, and the small matter of 2 major brain surgeries! She’s had to work through sickness, exhaustion, and occasional despondency but she always kept going, she’s shown us just what it means to be determined and brave, and we just could not be more proud of her. "
According to The Times, Nuttall also accomplished her objectives of seeing former First Lady Michelle Obama and going fishing with British actor and comedian Paul Whitehouse.
Nicola Nuttall, her mother, claimed that after hearing about what her daughter has endured, people are extremely kind with their time and grant the majority of her daughter's demands.
"We’re just trying to give things for Laura to look forward to, and having something to get up for each morning really helps. She does, of course, have bad days, when the chemo takes its toll and she struggles to get out of bed. And when that happens, it’s really good to know that there’s a great day out coming down the line," her mother told The Times.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Laura's treatment costs and a total of £87,240 has been raised so far.