Preston woman with Melkersson Rosenthal syndrome overwhelmed with response

Poorly: Christie Newport with her wife Amy

Poorly: Christie Newport with her wife Amy

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A woman with a rare condition who desperately needs help for life-saving treatment said she has been ‘overwhelming’ with the response to her plight.

Last week we reported on the story of Christie Newport who needs to raise £12,400 for the treatment.

The 33-year-old from Inkerman Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, became so poorly with Melkersson Rosenthal syndrome, which makes her face and limbs balloon, that she has even contemplated ending it all.

But her family was given a glimmer of hope when they discovered that stem cell treatment for the condition is now available in America.

Since Christie’s appeal was launched almost £1,000 has been donated.

Christie said: “It has been 19 days in total but the Evening Post article has given us a huge boost. I am overwhelmed. I am really really chuffed. It’s shown that people really do have very big hearts. Every time some one donates it gives me hope.

“It has almost injected life back into me it’s like I have something forces me out of bed in the morning.”

Christie, her wife Amy, and family are not planning their first fundraising event to help boost the funds. They hope to hold a family event in the Easter holidays with details still being confirmed.

Her story has now been picked up by the television, radio and magazines and Christie hopes it will continue to raise awareness and encourage people to donate.

But Christie admits the television interview was nerve wracking. She said: “I was very nervous I don’t tlike being on screen I don’t even like having my photo taken or looking in the mirror but at the same I have a journalism degree so I was used to it.”

To help visit: http://www.gofundme.com/Christiestemcell or www.facebook.com/Christiestemcell