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Woman Diagnosed With Rare Disease That Makes Her Vomit 70 Times A Day

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A woman has spoken out about her experience with a rare disease that causes her to vomit up to 70 times each day.

Leanne Willan has gastroparesis, a persistent long-term condition that causes food to travel through the stomach more slowly than usual, preventing it from emptying normally.

As a result, the 39-year-old from Bolton is bedridden owing to chronic nausea, pain, and inability to eat.

According to the Manchester Evening News, after her diagnosis in 2008, Leanne was implanted with a stomach pacemaker, which helped to alleviate her vomiting.

However, since its battery died two years ago, the mother-of-one has been throwing up regularly, which is causing havoc on her life.

These aren't your run-of-the-mill batteries; a replacement costs £10,000 and isn't covered by the NHS.

"The saddest part is that it stole me away from my daughter and my family because I was usually unwell and in pain," she told the publication.

"I had terrible reflux as a newborn." I had always been a sickly child. It rapidly worsened after I had my daughter at the age of 22. It was excruciatingly painful and depleting.

"Before I was diagnosed, I was constantly ill." Everything I drank just resurfaced. I couldn't stop myself.

"It was constantly in the back of my mind when it would cease working."

Leanne used to work as a caregiver but hasn't been able to for two years, claiming that she hasn't been at home for more than two weeks due to her numerous hospital visits.

"I've been in a downward spiral. It has an impact on my life because I am confined to my home all day "She went on.

"I am unable to see my family or friends. I can't do the things I used to like or spend time with my husband and daughter because my health is deteriorating.

"When something like this happens to you, it affects more than just me. It has an impact on my family, my friends, and everyone around me.

"All they want to do is assist." They've seen me at my worst and finest, and they want me to get back to where I was before I began to decline. They essentially want me to reclaim my life.

"I don't see how the NHS can refuse to pay for someone and instead tube feed them at a higher expense." Then there's the follow-up."