By Gill Swain:
Before meeting this remarkable mother and daughter I had seen African children suffering from starvation, met people dying of Aids, patients paralysed from the neck down, others in the last stages of terminal cancer. But I had never seen a living person as desperately ill as Lynn Gilderdale.
Hypersensitive to light and noise, she lay on a sheepskin to prevent bedsores, with her head resting on a towel. There was a tube down her nose delivering liquid food and a Hickman line pumping drugs straight into her chest. Her legs were paralysed and without feeling, she was unable to sit up without passing out and her neck was too weak to support her head.
She had lost more than half the bone density in her spine and had gone through the menopause at the age of 20.
She was in constant pain. She was on drugs to prevent sickness and spasms, was unable to swallow and had not spoken since August 1992, three months after she had been diagnosed with ME at the age of 14. Read more>>