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Woman 'given second chance at life' after rare condition meant she couldn't eat food for TWO YEARS as it left her in pain

Mirror logo Mirror 11/06/2017

Credits: DerbyTelegraph WS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: DerbyTelegraph WS A woman suffering with a rare condition said she couldn't eat food for two years because it would leave her in pain.

Emma Green, 29, has spent the last couple of years feeling ill due to artery compressions – a condition which means she has struggled to eat any food at all.

Her digestive system deteriorated to the point where she could not tolerate food entirely and even the smallest amounts would give her pain, diarrhea and sickness, the Derby Telegraph reports.

But Emma, from Chester Green, Derby, is now on the mend after kind strangers helped to pay for surgery abroad, and she feels like she's been given a "second chance at life".

The problem is understood to have been caused by surgery Emma had at just 15-years-old to correct her 'S'-shaped spine, caused by scoliosis.

Although surgery was successful, Emma has continued to suffer a number of health issues, including painful artery compressions.

She was eventually diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a condition that affects connective tissue.

She tried various dietary hospital drinks alongside seeing her dietitian but to no avail.

This has had a major impact on Emma's life who is currently unable to work and struggled to socialise and get out of bed.

It also meant she had to give up her love for singing as well as other hobbies.

Emma had lost a lot of weight because of her condition and was living day by day purely drinking a specially-prescribed hospital drink called Elementary Extra.

She would drink bottles between five to ten times daily just to help get through a day without suffering severe pain.

And Emma said that after meetings with doctors in the UK - and given that her condition had deteriorated rapidly - having alternative surgery abroad was required.

Recently, Emma has had to undergo expensive surgery and therapy in Germany paid for by generous donations from friends and family and the Derby public.

And so far her condition has improved significantly and she is now able to eat a number of foods and get a sense of normality back in her life.

She said: "The condition made me faint constantly and I was struggling to absorb anything. When I ate food I didn't get any nutrients from it. I only got my calories from a pre-digested liquid drink called 'elemental extra 028 nutrcia'."

"I've had these artery compressions missed for the past 13 years since scoliosis corrective surgery due to it being rare.

"It's greatly affected my life as I've been constantly on-and-off ill and, for the past 14 years, in and out of hospital.

"In the past two years, I've had vein pain in my left leg, groin and pelvis which eventually stopped me from walking and needing a wheelchair. I spent most of the last year-and-a-half in bed.

"I was getting desperate as I didn't want to be tube fed or liquid fed for the rest of my life and I was losing weight on my hospital drinks. I then found this professor in Germany who seemed to understand and have great knowledge on compressions."

Surgery abroad has made a big difference to Emma - a keen singer - who said she now feels like a different person.

"I now can absorb foods and have normal bowel movements, as my intestines now get enough blood supply," she added. "I also no longer have any of my prior symptoms. I can walk and don't have burning pains in my hip legs or stomach.

"I now feel like I can actually breathe more, as all I'd ever know before was a faint feeling ever since my spinal surgery. I can actually sing more notes now and I can use my diaphragm better.

"Surgeons have told me it will take up to a year to fully recover but I'm already enjoying my new second chance at life."

Emma is now on a mission to help others suffering the way she did and hopes to raise awareness of artery compressions.

Recently she held an awareness session at Intu Derby with the help of a friend who did a sponsored run - raising vital funds during the process. 

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