A woman who is so poorly with a rare illness she contemplated assisted suicide will soon head off to America for life-saving treatment.
Christie Newport, suffers from Melkersson Rosenthal syndrome, which makes her face and limbs balloon.
I am just amazed at people, I can’t believe they have done what they have done, I didn’t expect it.Christie Newport
Earlier this year Christie and her wife Amy launched a fundraising drive to raise £12,400 to go to America for stem cell treatment.
Now, after an anonymous donation of almost £4,000, the funds have been raised and the treatment has now been booked.
Christie, 33, of Inkerman Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, said: “We started fundraising about three months ago. I thought it would take a year or two. I am so shocked.
“I am just amazed at people, I can’t believe they have done what they have done, I didn’t expect it.
“We fly on may 19 and have the treatment in Santa Monica on May 20.
“It’s stem cell treatment, it will take three days in total. One day is the treatment, but there’s pre-op and post op.”
The former Archbishop Temple and Preston College pupil first started with symptoms of Melkersson Rosenthal syndrome when she was seven years old.
It caused her lips to swell and she was bullied at school because of her appearance, but it wasn’t until she was 18 years old she was finally diagnosed with the rare disease.
Her family discovered the treatment in America after Christie considered assisted suicide.
She added: “It can take months to years to see the results. I might start to see improvements straight away - I won’t wake up and be a new person straight away.
“I will be in a lot of pain in the days after, I won’t be very mobile.”
Christie added: “I can’t thank everyone enough I am over whelmed.”