Woman ‘drowning’ in her own faeces
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KELLY Yeoman is "drowning' in her own faeces and desperate for treatment to save her life.
Her organs are barely noticeable in an X-ray as her chest cavity fills with faeces, leaving her struggling to breathe.
Now her family and friends are desperately crowd-funding for her to receive private treatment for her condition, saying their "happy, strong and determined" friend is barely recognisable.
Kelly, 34, has spent the past 11 weeks in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, vomiting her own faeces after she claims a surgeon damaged her bowel during a routine surgery.
Posting the image of her X-ray on Facebook earlier this month, she wrote: "For those who don't quite understand the extent of my condition, this is my X-ray, the whole thing is a picture of faecal loading can't even see my organs.
"And yes it's all in my chest too, my diaphragm and lungs are so high up I can barely breathe."
Worried friends say her bowel could rupture at any moment.
Writing on a GoFundMe page they set up to fund Kelly's treatment they wrote: "Due to a slip of the scalpel, during a minor surgical procedure, Kelly Yeoman's bowel was knocked, leaving her with a collection of infection which required two further surgeries to correct.
"As a result, her bowel is now unable to function.
"She is now horrifically faecally impacted, she is regularly vomiting a foul mixture of her last meal and her own excrement, and she is struggling to breathe.
"She is allergic to many things including latex and oral antibiotics and has a number of health issues, all of which need to be carefully considered.
"Nothing seems to be working and we are watching her go gradually downhill - she is almost unrecognisable as our happy, strong and determined friend.
"Every day she seems to fade further away and we are all beginning to fear the worst."
Her friends want to mover her to St Mark's Hospital in London to receive private specialist treatment.
But they have praised staff at Southmead Hospital, which is not where the operation happened, for the level of care they have given Kelly.
A rare condition that can prove deadly
Faecal impaction is when you get so bunged up you can't have a number two.
It can be really severe, causing serious illness or even death if it's not treated.
It's caused by a number of things, including constipation that's not treated.
If a person take laxatives too often it can also result in the condition, because your body will become less used to knowing when the "time to go is", and will stop responding to the urge.
Other drugs, including opioid painkillers can slow digestion making it more likely for stools to build up in your colon.
And not getting enough exercise can also prove a risk factor.Symptoms include:
1. Watery diarrhoea
2. Nausea and vomiting
3. Back or stomach pain
6. Trouble breathing
Kelly's friend, Kate Rankin, told the Mirror: "She's sending people messages in the middle of the night saying the pain is unbearable.
"This is a woman who should be enjoying every moment of her life, not lying helpless in a hospital bed, drowning in poo."
You can donate to Kelly's cause at her Go Fund Me page here.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.