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Victoria, 12, has been a carer for the past six years since her mother Gail was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Following an operation to remove the tumour, Gail was left blind, disabled and needing to be fed through a tube in her abdomen.

Victoria's father is away from their Bedford home a lot because of his work as a lorry driver, leaving her largely responsible for helping her mother to wash, dress and go to the toilet. She also prepares her mum's food and a complex cocktail of medications that are administered through a tube up to four times a day.

As part of a BBC day of coverage about child carers, Victoria and Gail tell their story.

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Slideshow production and photography by Emma Lynch. Interviews by Dave Howard. Publication date 16 November 2010.

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