Woman wins fight for aid to get treatment

A WOMAN has won her fight

to receive 20,000 a year treatment on the NHS.

Wendy Fox, aged 37, has chronic Lyme disease, a serious bacterial infection passed by the bites of infected ticks, which has attacked every part of her body.

The mother-of-one from Wath-on-Dearne, who is paralysed from the waist down and needs to use a wheelchair has been told that the NHS in Rotherham will now fund drugs costing 20,000 a year, which she was previously denied.

Mrs Fox travelled to Downing Street recently to call for the Government to make more money to make more resources available to fund better treatment for people with Lyme disease. She says she is pleased to have won an appeal for funding from Rotherham Primary Care Trust.

"I am of course thrilled by this decision and I am grateful for the PCT for funding my treatment," said Mrs Fox. "But I am still desperately sad that I had to battle so hard and at great expense. What is even more sad is that countless people are in the same position."

Elsewhere in the world, she says the treatment is much better, and the condition is recognised by the medical profession.

Mrs Fox said: "In the UK many GPs do not know what Lyme disease is, let alone how to treat it. As there are already guidelines in place in the US then it is my intention to produce a leaflet for all UK GPs that explains the issues surrounding Lyme disease and the correct methods of treatment as per the guidelines designed by US Lyme experts.

"I will be continuing to fight for the treatment of other sufferers while receiving my own treatment on the NHS," she added.

Mrs Fox, a former zoo keeper, does not know how she came to get the disease.

Ticks can live on animals or in long grass. She was diagnosed ten years ago, and says her health has steadily worsened.