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Woman catapulted from faulty NHS bed needs £100k to treat horror neck injury

A woman who was catapulted from a malfunctioning NHS bed, causing her to suffer a horrific neck injury, could die if she doesn’t get £100,000 life saving surgery, her family say.

Laura Wareham, 33, from Rotherham, Kent, has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), an inherited condition that took the life of her sister Tania in September 2020.

Her mum, Erica, told South Yorkshire Live her daughter’s condition means she is "predisposed to damaging her nerves."

The family have an NHS bed at home to help Laura manage life with EDS, but in January 2018, the bed malfunctioned and it sent her "catapulting backwards."

As a result, Laura was left with a “nasty neck injury like whiplash,” and she has been bed bound ever since because her body can no longer support the weight of her neck.

Erica said: "Laura is predisposed to damaging her nerves because the outer coating is easily damaged with pressure, so she was having to rest on a hospital bed at home.

"The bed was upright and she pressed the button for it to lower but it didn't work, so she called me and as I came into the room, she turned her head to look at me and it suddenly collapsed down, catapulting her backwards causing a "nasty neck injury like whiplash."

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She added that the vertebrate in her daughter's neck is "sliding back and forth" and her nerves are being put under "extreme pressure."

Injured Laura is even having to eat through a bag and use a catheter because her "bladder doesn't work."

Laura's mum said: "Because of what happened and the underlying condition, the bone – the top two vertebrate – are sliding back and forth and side to side and all the blood vessels and nerves are being put under extreme pressure.

"This has stopped her stomach digesting so she's having all her food through a bag, she's got a catheter because her bladder doesn't work, she can't stand and she has to lie flat all day due to pain in her head from standing."

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Laura's mum says the UK refuses to further treat EDS patients, leaving the family no other choice but to fundraise for their daughter's life.

Surgeons have even told them the 33-year-old's injury has got worse over the last three years and Laura could "just die" if something isn't done to fix it.

Erica said: "It's just gotten worse and worse over the last three years and we've been told by the surgeons that if we don't fundraise to fix this injury to her neck she will just die, but in this country they refuse to treat it in EDS patients."

In a GoFundMe page, Erica and Laura's dad Conrad, also described the heartbreak of also losing Laura's sister Tania to EDS in September 2020.

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