Young woman fighting for her life after stoma surgery complication left her with liver and kidney damage

A young woman is fighting for her life after complications with a stoma bag, and she is in urgent need to reverse the operation.
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A 28 year old woman from Lytham has been told she has less than a year to live - unless she can pay for an operation to remove a stoma bag that is making her extremely ill.

Leah Wilson, who has cystic fibrosis, had a stoma fitted in June 2023 after she had started noticing blood in her stools.

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But complications during surgery have left her with chronic and complex health problems, and the make-up artist is now in urgent need to reverse the operation.

Critical condition

Leah said: “I now have been told if I don’t get it reversed in the next 6 months, I will not be here this time next year. My kidney and liver function is so bad they’ve even spoken about kidney dialysis which is also required to be in hospital 5 days a week.”

She is on the NHS waiting list, but the mum-of-one fears that if she can’t have the operation soon then her symptoms will become too severe for her to qualify for the surgery at all.

Wishing for a miracle

"I have a 9 year old daughter that is missing her mum and it breaks my heart that right now I am critical wishing and hoping for a miracle."

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Leah is currently receiving total parenteral nutrition (TPN) - when the IV administered nutrition is the only source of nutrition the patient is receiving. "The longer I am on this the worse my organs are going to get and I will end up being too poorly in the end to even have it done. I can’t do anything or go anywhere I am hooked up to my TPN 7 nights a week and severely exhausted and weak because my bloods are so deranged all the time and to wait for a surgery that might not even happen for months on end."

Her family are trying to raise funds via GoFundMe so that Leah can receive the surgery she needs.

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