An anorexic teenager who’s body has started to shut down as a result of her eating disorder has been given a bed at a specialist clinic to keep her alive.
Adele Clay, 25, from Stockport, was taken to hospital after her heart rate dropped to a dangerous level as a result of hypothermia.
She has suffered from eating disorders since she was 12 – binge eating on food all day and forcing herself to throw up.
Her mother, Yvonne, 47, claims her condition became so bad that numerous hospitals turned her down for being ‘too unwell’, the Manchester Evening News reports.
But after issuing a desperate plea to save her daughter’s life, Miss Clay was finally offered help in London.
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Adele Clay, 25, from Stockport, was taken to hospital after her heart rate dropped to a dangerous level from hypothermia. Her mother, Yvonne, 47, made an emotional plea for her to be given help after she claims she was refused treatment for being ‘too unwell’
Mrs Clay: ‘We keep asking for help but no one is giving it.
‘The consultants told us she wasn’t unwell enough, and now they say she’s too unwell.
‘We are begging for help now. We know it’s her last hope, her last resort, she can feel her body shutting down and it’s terrifying.
‘We don’t want to lose her and we are keeping the faith but it’s like living on eggshells.
Her hypothermia occurred because she has lost a huge amount of fat cells – the body’s natural insulation method
‘Every time we hear something drop upstairs Rick is straight up there checking in case she’s collapsed.
‘We are waiting and watching her all the time and it’s killing us.’
The family claim they were initially told clinics wouldn’t admit her unless she was sectioned.
However, because she is willing to go in on her own merit she isn’t allowed.
Her eating disorders began at school, often forcing herself to starve or over-eat to make herself sick.
Miss Clay, who believes she was born with an eating disorder, often escaped from sessions at specialists clinics and hospitals.
She was sent to another centre in London for 12 months – which appeared to be helping her.
But unfortunately she relapsed multiple times in the last three years and reached her lowest point ever.
Her eating disorders began when she was just 12 years old at school, often forcing herself to starve or over-eat and make herself sick (pictured as a teenager)
But as a result of the heartbreaking cry for help, Miss Clay has been offered a bed at a specialist clinic in London. In the video, her mother said: ‘We are begging for help now. We know it’s her last hope, her last resort, she can feel her body shutting down and it’s terrifying’
Up until just two weeks ago, she would often force herself to throw up her food after binge eating all day.
It became so bad that she couldn’t repeat the same process every day because her body was so weak.
Her drastic weight loss has caused her to lose a huge amount of fat cells – the body’s natural insulation.
Therapists have assessed her multiple times but seem to have no idea what sparked the problem.
The family hoped she would be treated at a specialist unit at Cheadle Royal Hospital, run by The Priory Group, but her mother claims she had been refused treatment there.
A Priory spokesman said: ‘While Priory cannot comment on individual cases, it always works closely with the NHS, wherever possible, to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate, specialist care for them, when and where Priory hospitals can provide it.’
Dr Michael Gregory, Clinical Director, Specialised Commissioning NHS England North, said: ‘NHS England’s North West specialised mental health team is working with the family and the local Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure Adele gets the care she needs.’
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