Mum pleading for op to end her pain
Last updated at 14:30, Saturday, 14 April 2012
A YOUNG mother has pleaded with doctors to give her an operation to end her “soul-destroying” condition.
Hollie Mossop, 24, of Earle Street, Barrow, developed endometriosis when she was 14 and was told she will never have children.
Mrs Mossop went on to defy the odds and now has three young girls, Mia, three, Sophie, two, and Eleanor, one, but she lives every day in excruciating pain.
She was offered a hysterectomy when she was 18 but refused because she wanted to be a parent. She now wants the operation but doctors refused because she is too young.
Mrs Mossop said: “I was offered the hysterectomy when I was 18, the doctors said I had no chance of having children and that I may as well have it now so my condition doesn’t worsen.
“Now that I’ve had my children and want the operation, they are refusing and have told me to go private which would cost £10,000. I just can’t afford that but it’s ruining my life and I need answers.”
Mrs Mossop met her husband David at Tesco where they both worked but she has been forced to take sick leave and requires around-the-clock care at home.
She added: “The hospital feels like a second home, I’ve been in and out of there like a yo-yo but I am no closer to having the issue fixed.
“A hysterectomy would give me and my family our lives back. Every day is a new challenge, I can be healthy one day then the next day I can be passing in and out of consciousness.”
Her mother, Gillian Cleevey said: “Between the family we struggle to be there for her, it’s becoming a full time job and it’s destroying all our lives. It must be soul-destroying for her not to be able to do what she wants, when she wants.
“She has no quality of life and is now on the maximum dosage of morphine allowed. It can all be cured with one operation.”
Endometriosis is when the lining of the womb seeps into the body causing crystallisation and pain throughout the body.
A hysterectomy would bring the menopause on early, but doctors say Mrs Mossop is at risk because she suffered from deep vein thrombosis when she was younger and the therapy could increase the risk of it returning.
Mrs Mossop said: “I’m willing to take the risk. I thought people had human rights, I need this operation so I can have a normal life.
“I want to be able to spend time with my children as they are growing up, not sitting on the sofa every day taking morphine.”
Richard Neary, Associate Medical Director, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As a general principle, performing a hysterectomy on a lady of such a young age is a last resort and should only been considered when all other avenues of treatment have been explored
“When a patient has other risk factors, it becomes even more complicated.
“I understand that Mrs Mossop has been offered a second opinion from a different gynaecologist and an appointment has already been arranged early next month to discuss her treatment.
“If Mrs Mossop would like to discuss this matter further directly with the trust, we would be happy to do so.”
First published at 10:39, Saturday, 14 April 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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That is so awful! I am 15 and i have endometriosis. Mine is so painful and is not even close to how severe yours sounds! I cant begin to imagine the pain you have. I hope that this gets resolved!
Why does it matter if a doctor has posted on here about the issue? Why does that mean it is the medical profession covering there backs? What have they actually done wrong in this case that would need back covering? Incidently a quick check on the internet shows that Mia Walsh is not a doctor, or at least not a registered one with GMC.
People seem intent to be happy to constantly criticise FGH. the majority of staff do a fanastic. No I do not work there. As for the comment by 'Barrow' about not taking your dog to FGH to be treated, I sincerely hope that you never need to go there then. remember to tell any ambulance crew if you ever need one to take you to another hospital.
Hollie, a gynaecologist specialises in a particular area of medicine ie gynaecology. Within that specific area of medicine will be further specialisms that doctors will for what ever reason be specialists at. hence the suggestion that you go to someone who specialises in your paticular condition. This is likely to be at a regional center ie Manchester, not because FGH is rubbish but because there arent enough cases to just having a specialist, who by their very nature need lots of cases to maintain their skills and experience.
Good luck with your treatment.
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