A single mother whose spine is slowly collapsing on itself has revealed she has less than two weeks to raise funds for a life-saving operation in the US.
Samantha Smith, 32, of Greater Manchester, suffers from a rare genetic condition that affects her tissue and a secondary illness that has left her neck too weak to support her head.
The trained psychotherapist, ประกันชั้น1 who is mother to Jensen, 10, and Brooke, eight, has been left in pain and struggling to walk – and her condition is fast deteriorating.
‘I am in constant pain in my neck, head and spine and week in, week out my neurological damage is becoming harder to ignore,’ she said.
With no treatment available on the NHS, Samantha has undergone three operations but none have been successful.
Now she has one last-ditch operation scheduled at an Arizona hospital for 25 January. She has raised almost £180,000 of the £250,000 needed to pay for the procedure and has set-up a campaign for the remainder.
Without the operation, Samantha said, she will ‘definitely die’.
Single mum Samantha Smith, 32, was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS-Type1) back in 2017.Above, in 2017 before her diagnosis and with her two children, Jensen, 10 and Brooke, 8
The former psychotherapist is trying to raise £100, 00 ahead of her surgery in Arizona, which is provisionally booked for 25th January and costs £250, 000 in total
Sam has undergone three-lifesaving surgeries in August and September 2017 – but is in desperate need of her fourth.Pictured in 2018, as her condition started deteriorating