Mum from Skegness fears daughter will starve to death as she waits for operation postponed because of covid-19

Evie had been receiving food intravenously but the treatment was stopped.

A mother from Skegness has made a desperate plea to the Government to help her critically ill daughter, before it is too late.

Evie Toombs has spina bifida which affects her ability to digest food. She was in hospital preparing for a stomach operation when the Coronavirus pandemic reached the UK.

Unable to eat, Evie had been receiving food intravenously but the treatment was stopped when she was discharged from hospital and her operation was postponed.

As the NHS slowly reintroduces its services, her mother Caroline Toombs says Evie, needs help fast.

Victoria Whittam reports.

Both Evie and her mum believe the wrong kinds of care are being prioritised, after health secretary Matt Hancock announced that fertility treatments would resume imminently.

In a statement Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said

"Evie has been seen at her local hospital each week and they have not expressed concerns about a significant change in her condition."

They go onto say that Before carrying out any surgery they need to be confident that they can provide safe theatre, critical care and ward care for patients, and that they are sorry they have been unable to do this operation earlier this year, as planned.

NHS England say that they are "working with regional colleagues fully to step up non-Covid19 urgent services as soon as possible."