A YOUNG Shipston woman has flown to Spain for a life changing operation which she hopes will ease the intense physical agony she feels on a daily basis because of a severe spinal abnormality.
All Harriet Jones, aged 27, wants – is a normal life. She wants to travel, work abroad, enjoy the company of friends and one day start a family but since 2014 she’s been left in crippling pain caused by a complicated neurological condition which means her brain and spinal cord are being squashed by excess cerebral spinal fluid leaving her with symptoms similar to a brain tumour.
She’s been diagnosed with Pseudotumour Cerebri which gives her headaches, vision loss, numbness and weakness all over body, a constant roaring sound of her own heart beat in her ears, vomiting, memory loss, personality changes, and depression.
Then a minor miracle happened when Harriet discovered the existence of a private health institute in Barcelona which has a 92 per cent success rate with a pioneering operation which can help ease and indeed cure the conditions she suffers.
“I needed to find £19,000 though to pay for the operation and medical care that goes with it so I decided the only way I could do that was by setting up my own page on a fund raising site called gofundme. I started to get donations and thanks to some significant loans I’ve now raised 20,000 euros so hopefully the operation will take place Tuesday,” said Harriet.
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