Mum sent home to die - nine years ago

A MOTHER-OF-THREE who says she was put on morphine and sent home to die nine years ago is now studying for a degree and planning

A MOTHER-OF-THREE who says she was put on morphine and sent home to die nine years ago is now studying for a degree and planning to open her own restaurant.Dawn Davies, who lives in Milton Road, Weston, was diagnosed as having hereditary condition familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) at the age of 22, which means the cholesterol in her body cannot be filtered properly.At the age of 34, doctors found that all three arteries leading to Dawn's heart were 99 per cent blocked and the Weston Athletics Club member was told she had to undergo emergency surgery for a triple by-pass.Dawn, who is now 44 and studying at Bath Spa University, survived the operation back in April 1998 but then became so ill she was sent home to spend her final days with her husband Neil and daughters, 21-year-old Aimee, Tara, aged 20, and 17-year-old Zoe.The former nurse said: "At the age of 35 doctors told me there was nothing more they could do for me and sent me home to die."I began spending one week a month in intensive care in Bristol to give my family a rest."Then I contacted the charity Heart UK and it discussed my case with other doctors who suggested I go to London for treatment."I went to St Thomas' Hospital and doctors put me on a form of treatment which means I have to go to Cardiff every two weeks and have more than two litres of my blood filtered through a machine."Seven years on I am still having the treatment and my condition has improved enough to enjoy the things we take for granted."Before I couldn't even go shopping but now I am a full-time student and am also a trustee for Heart UK."My science degree is based around health and diet and I plan to open my own restaurant."Now I can look to the future whereas before I had no future."Heart UK is a charity which provides nursing and support for people with inherited high cholesterol. For more details log onto www.heartuk.org.uk


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