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£2,610raised of £10,000 target by 143 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,610 to enable Jess Laughton to have her left foot amputated due to debilitating pain conditions.

    Location
    Driffield, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Friday, 25th November 2016

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    AS a little girl running around the playground at school, I never imagined that by the age of 22, I would be begging the world to help me fund the amputation of my lower leg.
    It will cost over £10,000 for me to have the amputation done privately as the NHS ridiculously won't fund it. Even though it will give me a quality of life! So I am appealing to my friends, family and the kind people of the UK for your help.
    Aged 12, as a competitive gymnast, I broke my ankle. Mother's Day 2005. Who knew that day would change my life?
    The break caused me to develop a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This is documented as being the most painful thing on earth - even above childbirth! I also developed a neurological condition called Dystonia. This meant that my foot was stuck in a pointed down position and won’t move. Over the years treatments were attempted but they were unsuccessful.
    Aged 15, I asked doctors to amputate my leg. The response was a 'no’. It was still early days.
    Now aged 22, and ten agonising years since I was initially injured, the only thing doctors say to me is 'the NHS won't fund that.'
    I am completely bedbound. Imagine being within the same walls everyday, having to rely on people for everything - including going to the loo! Due to the severe pain sensitivity in my foot whenever I move my leg the foot has to be carried on a cushion. Simple things are a 2 person job! I can't use a wheelchair or go in a car. I go to hospital on a stretcher. I take morphine 8 times a day just so I can live in my bed.
    Having my lower leg amputated is unlikely to change my pain but it will mean that my foot isn’t 'in the way', it won't be able to be knocked. It is a painful, useless limb which is hindering my quality of life. With an amputation I could use a stair lift and a wheelchair, travel in a car, go outside, the possibility to start a family and go to work. Really £10,000 isn't a lot for all of that!
    Please help me.
    Thank You.
    Jess

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    • Jess Laughton

      Jess Laughton

      2 months ago

      Jess Laughton

      A fundraising table top event is being held on 12th November, 10-12noon at the Methodist Church School room in Driffield. Please come along and show your support :)

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    • Jess Laughton

      Jess Laughton

      2 months ago

      Jess Laughton

      Thank you all so much to those who have donated and supported me. The support I have received during the fundraising has been absolutely unbelievable and you cannot imagine how greatful both myself and my family are.

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    143

    • Eunice Troth

      Eunice Troth

      Nov 25, 2016

      Hope this helps a little towards your fund, good luck, love Eunice & Jerry

      £50.00

    • Terence Hayter

      Terence Hayter

      Nov 19, 2016

      Hi Jess,Your dad told me about you, and its such a shame the NHS wont help, hope everything works out for you.

      £100.00

    • Anna Lilley

      Anna Lilley

      Nov 15, 2016

      £13.50

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    Jess Laughton

    Jess Laughton

    Driffield, United Kingdom

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