Nightmare condition means mum vomits more than 70 times a day

A woman who can vomit more than 70 times a day has spoken out about her nightmare condition.

Leanne Willian suffers with a horrific condition that means her stomach can't empty itself of food naturally, forcing her to vomit the food up.

The long term condition, called gastroparesis, is an extremely rare health condition that affects just 6% of people in the UK. The condition means that people's stomachs are partially paralysed.

The condition leaves people with constant and severe sickness, nausea, pain and the inability to eat, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Leanne, 39, from Bolton, received a diagnosis in 2008 after suffering from sickness her whole life.

Before being diagnosed, she could throw up more than 70 times a day.

Her life drastically changed for the better when she was fitted with a gastric pacemaker that same year.

The device, which is inserted into the abdomen, sends impulses to the stomach via electrical wires after eating.

It then empties the stomach, alleviating bloating, vomiting and nausea.

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But two years ago, the pacemaker battery ran out, leaving Leanne once again in pain and vomiting every day.

A new battery replacement will set her back £10,000 – and it’s not available on the NHS.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, mum-of-one Leanne broke down in tears as she said: “The worst part is that it took me away from my daughter and my family because I was always being sick and in pain.

“As a baby, I had a really bad reflux. I was always a sickly child.

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“When I had my daughter at 22, it got progressively worse.

“It was horrible, it was draining.

“Before I got diagnosed, I was being sick all the time. Everything I drank just came back up. I couldn’t keep it down.

“When it would stop working was always in the back of my mind.

“I’ve been going downhill. It’s affecting my life because I’m stuck in the house all day.

“I can’t see my family or friends. I can’t do what I used to enjoy or spend time with my husband and daughter because I’m going downhill.”

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Leanne, who was tube fed for seven years to bring nutrition to her stomach, says she has been in and out of hospital ever since her diagnosis.

The former carer, who was forced to give up work two years ago, says she has never been at home for more than two weeks.

She continued: “When something like this happens to you, it doesn’t just affect me. It affects my family, my friends, everyone around you."

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