Weʼve raised £20,084 to help save Jessica’s life
- Funded on Sunday, 8th November 2020
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First and foremost I want to extend a big thank you to you all for visiting this Justgiving page that i’ve created for Jessica. Two weeks ago Jess suffered a respiratory arrest, stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated before she was put into an induced coma to minimise the risk of brain damage. This is our story.
My name is Josh and I am Jessica’s fiancé. Until a few weeks ago only close friends and family knew of her struggle, until she built up the courage to share a very personal Facebook post. The post had over 500 shares with an overwhelming volume of support and well wishes. Jess posted this, hoping to reach out to someone, anyone who had the same complex and unique case as her.
Jessica is a mummy to Alfred, 5, and has Crohn’s disease which causes instant and uncontrollable vomiting after eating and drinking which has affected her body so much so that it is in state of alarming deterioration that now affects her heart, blood and kidneys.
Jess was diagnosed with Crohns in 2013 and in November 2016 she started vomiting, first only a few times a day but it soon manifested and she started shedding weight at an uncontrollable pace.
Fast forward to today, she is 25 and weighs 5st 12lb and has been resuscitated twice in the last 6 months. I have witnessed countless admissions, central lines, Tpn at home, treatment changes, Botox injections in her stomach. She vomits absolutely everything she consumes, no matter how little or slowly she tries. This means her potassium drops so low that her heart cannot beat properly and caused a cardiac arrest in January 2020.
A day is jess’s shoes include vomiting 30+ times, breathlessness, bleeding, pain, dehydration, unable to walk, talk or move due to severe muscular cramps. The low potassium causes her body to seize up. Imagine a cramp in your whole body, toes, jaw, hands, shoulders, it is honestly the worst kind of pain I have ever witnessed. Alongside Crohns Jess has upper GI intestinal failure, stomach/ oesophagus rejects food/ liquid as a foreign body and rather than transition it downwards like a normal gut; it pushes back the other way. This mechanical failure apparently has no cure.
At present there is no cure for her and she has been in hospital 9 times since January. Jessica’s life expectancy is drastically lower and every time this happens her heart takes longer to recover with a very high chance of her heart stopping again. This year alone, Jessica been in the hospital 9 times and the NHS cannot help her as they have no cure to the excessive vomiting, they can only save her life and send her home. This cycle will not break.
We have found a clinic in Germany which has the enhanced technology to be able to offer more invasive testing and an operation which extends the oesophagus and ties it around the stomach which consequently stops the patient vomiting. Germany is our first major milestone we are trying to get to, then we can look at getting Jess to America to take part in the drug trial process for this level of severity of Crohn’s disease and chronic hypokalaemia, but the cost of this is upwards of £75,000.
We understand £20,000 is a lot of money to ask for, however a full diagnostic alone costs £10,000.
The reason for creating this just giving page is to have the funding for Jessica to be able to receive private treatment that will save her life.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and if you chose to donate we would like to thankyou from the bottom of our hearts.
Josh, Jess and Alfred.
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Nov 3, 2020
Jess, sending you love and light. I wish you a successful treatment and speedy recovery so you can live the life you want in health and peace. May God's blessings be on you and yours, now and always.
Kerryn Brooker Watson
Oct 24, 2020
Best of luck to you my lovely! Hope it all goes well and you can finally spend some quality time with your family xxxxxxxxx
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Oct 19, 2020
I pray that you may make a complete recovery
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