Northumberland woman left unable to breathe during seizures needs emergency trip to see Spanish specialists

Mel is now very unwell and needs to raise enough money to see a team of specialists in Spain Credit: Mels Mission To Live/Facebook

By Amy Lea

A woman from Northumberland has been left unable to breathe and suffering up to 8 seizures a day after she believes a fusion holding her spine together has broken- three months after major surgery.

Melanie Hartshorn from Cramlington has a genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), and complications from the condition have left the joints weak.

For several years she has been travelling to Spain for major surgery to stabilise her spine.

Her condition meant her skull was dislocating from her neck and spine, causing seizures and nauseous.

It left her unable to sit up.

Several weeks ago we spoke to Mel after he latest major operation in Barcelona.

That procedure use rods to completely fuse her spine solid. One of those rods has now snapped.

She is now urgently trying to get back to Spain to have the problem looked at.

They need to raise enough funds to pay for private COVID tests and medical flights as well as specialist accommodation.