‘Unfixable’ Dronfield woman winning her fight for life in American hospital

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A Dronfield woman who says she was branded ‘unfixable’ by UK doctors is showing signs of improvement after undergoing treatment in an American hospital.

Vanessa Boyd, aged 28, claims her life-threatening illness was misdiagnosed by the NHS for 12 years – with doctors saying the symptoms were all in her head.

Lyme Disease awareness event at the Showroom

Lyme Disease awareness event at the Showroom

But Vanessa was actually suffering with Lyme Disease, a tick-borne illness which is fatal if left untreated.

After getting the condition diagnosed independently, Vanessa flew to a hospital in Washington DC and is now in the fifth month of a nine month intensive intravenous antibiotic therapy.

Family and friends of Vanessa have raised £22,000 to fund the treatment so far – which will cost at least £100,000 – but are still urging people to donate.

Vanessa said: “The treatment is intense and is not an easy ride, but the specialists are pleased with my response and say they can’t see any reason why I won’t get better. I have good days and bad days. However, I feel a world away from last summer when all the specialists in the UK had written me off as ‘unfixable’.

“For the first time I am feeling positive about the possibility of regaining a quality of life I thought was lost forever. ”

As May is Lyme awareness month, Vanessa’s sister Maria Robinson, is hosting an event at The Showroom, in Sheffield, on May 2 where two award winning documentaries will be shown.

It will be the first time the films – Under our Skin and the sequel Emergence, which feature the doctor who is currently treating Vanessa – will have been screened in the UK.

Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased from The Showroom on 0114 275 7727 or at The Star office, in York Street, city centre.