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Teen Lyme disease sufferer says US treatment is her only hope

Tia Poore was a healthy happy teenager Photo: Family

A teenager from Cornwall who was diagnosed with Lyme disease hopes that pioneering treatment in the United States will be able to let her live a normal life again.

Tia Poore, who's 19 and from Truro, became unwell after she was bitten by a tick. She went from being a normal active teenager, to one who is housebound and reliant on constant care.

All of a sudden it just hit me, and then deteriorated from there, I pretty much can't do anything now. Mum's got to be with me pretty much all the time, I have seizures, pretty much every day, I stop breathing pretty much every day, if we go out anywhere I'm in the wheelchair, I struggle to walk even just to get to the bathroom. I spent a lot of my day in bed or just sat on the sofa and in a lot of pain.

– Tia Poore

Tia Poore has had years of suffering from crippling pains and seizures with her condition undiagnosed. Operations, tests and scans became part of everyday life but doctors could still not determine what was wrong with her.

Eventually it was discovered that Tia had contracted Lyme disease, which is passed through tick bites.

Lyme disease is contracted from tick bites. Credit: PA Images

Timeline of events:

2012
when Tia became infected either on holiday in Florida or when her family moved house in Cornwall.
2016
Initially treated for appendicitis, Tia's condition got worse this time last year.
2017
Tia is finally diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Now Tia's family believe treatment in America is her best chance for the future, her options back home have been limited in their success. They hope a video of her story that they have posted online will help raise funds as well as awareness about the condition.

Tia's mother is now her full time carer, and she just wants her daughter to be herself again.

There's nothing more as a parent than wanting to see your child do things and live happily and live a normal teenage life. She should be out having fun with her friends, her boyfriend and at uni, not stuck at home in agony 24/7.

– Helen Poore

With treatment Tia hopes she can get well enough to work and do "simple things in life like going for a walk and things, that would be nice".

Tia now hopes treatment in the USA will help her recovery. Credit: ITV News