Woman Left In Wheelchair After Breasts Caused Spine To Collapse
A woman is fundraising to get a breast reduction after they caused her spine to collapse and left her wheelchair bound.
Debbie Horton, 26, underwent surgery several times to try to help her to walk properly again, after her size 42I breasts put strain on her body.
The sales advisor, who is from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, is now desperate for a breast reduction as soon as possible and has set up her own GoFundMe page to try to raise the money she needs to get her life back.
She said: "The weight of my boobs is constantly pulling down and it causes so much pain. I live with pain every day.
"I really believe that having the breast reduction surgery would completely change my life - it would reduce the pain as I won't have the weight pulling me down. I think they must weigh a couple of stone each.
"I can learn to get my spine back into the position it should be in - my boobs could have caused this whole problem. I've spoken to my doctor about getting it on the NHS but it's such a strict criteria."
Debbie used to be into her fitness, even completing a triathlon, but for the past four years, she has had spinal problems including spinal degeneration disc disease, fibromyalgia, prolapsed discs spondylitis and kyphosis in her neck.
She first realised there was a problem in September 2016 while she was working at Aldi. Although she's had multiple operations, she still needs a wheelchair and crutches to get around.
Debbie, who lives with her 32-year-old fiancé Lee, added: "With the less pressure impacting my spine, I can put more exercise in and doctors have said that it would help.
"I don't like to go out without Lee because I can't physically walk for a long time - I have to take my crutches and wheelchair everywhere with me.
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"I've always had big boobs."
When Debbie was working in the supermarket in 2016, she bent over to pick something up but her back gave in and she was dashed to hospital.
"They found out that my spine was curved which could have been something I was born with - they're not sure."
"I had to take two months off work and everything went downhill from there.
"The pain was horrendous and now I live with it everyday - it really makes you realise how much you need your back."
Debbie finally received three bouts of surgery including a disc discectomy, disc laminectomy and spinal proctorial lumber in November 2019 but still struggles to walk.
She continued: "I was diagnosed with lupus last week which is just another thing to add to the list.
"With my illness, my skin can be so sensitive that I can't even put a bra on which makes the weight even heavier. It's too much for my spine to handle.
"One of my friends, Rita Bloomer, helped me to set the fundraiser up and I really think it will change my life for the better."
You can read more about Debbie on her GoFundMe page.
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