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Family's plea to help woman with condition so rare no UK surgeon is trained to treat it

Mandy Cooper has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Credit: ::

A family from Stockport has launched a desperate bid to raise £60,000 for crucial treatment for a young woman who has a condition so rare that no surgeon in the UK is trained to treat it.

Mandy Cooper has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare and incurable genetic disorder which causes the production of faulty collagen in her body, making her joints and other connective tissue throughout her body too stretchy.

After paying privately to be scanned in the UK's only upright MRI scanner it was also discovered that the stretchy ligaments in her neck were leaving her spine and skull unstable causing her vertebrae to dislocate and crush her brain stem and spinal cord causing irreversible damage and the daily possibility of paralysis and even death.

Andrew Fletcher has the story:

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