Morecambe woman must wait for vital surgery

Hannah Westworth
Hannah Westworth
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A COURAGEOUS young woman, who says she is “dying slowly” with a rare condition, is being forced to pay for an operation because she can’t choose her own surgeon.

Brave Hannah Westworth, 20, of Broadway, Morecambe, needs a pioneering operation to give her a “bionic” stomach so she can digest food without being sick up to 50 times a day.

Hannah says her hair is falling out, her nails are dropping off and she is losing one to two pounds in weight each week.

But the local primary care trust says Hannah can’t go to the surgeon she has chosen, even though he can operate on her within 10 days.

Hannah said: “It’s a bit of a nightmare and hard to deal with. My mum Mai and dad John have been trying to help but it’s still a waiting game. We’ve been pushed into a corner and left with no choice.

“I’ve been told that cancer patients will be before me, and I understand that, but my case is still life-threatening – I’m dying slowly.

“When I have the operation the surgeon has said if it works, it will only reduce the amount of times I am sick in a day.

“I don’t know if it will work, but I want to give it a chance and see.

“I know it’s not going to fix me 100 per cent but it could change my life massively.

“I’m just so exhausted and weak – I want it so much.”

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