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We're hoping to raise money to fund life-changing surgery for Becky
Becky was always a a fit and active person with an infectious smile, insatiable love of adventure and limitless passion for life, but eight years ago her life changed dramatically. To begin with she was struck down with crippling fatigue and muscle pain. Exercise and social events were replaced by early nights and weekends on the sofa. She just about managed to get through her PhD and was a year and a half into her first job as a research scientist when things took a turn for the worse and she became too unwell to work, walking even short distances became difficult and she was forced to spend much of the day lying down.
Over the last 12 months Becky has deteriorated significantly and developed a host of neurological symptoms that have resulted in multiple trips to hospital. She was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or POTS, leading to symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath, nausea and weakness. However, POTS appeared to only be part of the story. Despite medication, Becky’s symptoms are now so severe that she is completely bed-bound. She is unable to walk, sit up for very long or even feed herself.
Finally after years of investigations, Becky was diagnosed by a specialist neurosurgeon with craniocervical instability and atlantoaxial subluxation. This means that the ligaments that hold her skull and the top two vertebrae of her spine together are too loose, allowing too much movement and leading to compression and stretching of the brain stem and resulting in neurological symptoms.
Becky needs surgery to fuse the bones together and fix the instability. However, there are only a handful of specialist neurosurgeons in the world who perform this operation for patients like Becky and unfortunately it's not funded by the NHS and will cost around £65,000.
We need your help to raise the funds needed for this surgery and to help Becky get her life backClose.
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