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Desperate mum whose stomach ballooned to size of child’s head overnight fears deadly mass is ‘ticking time bomb’

A mum whose stomach ballooned to the size of a child’s head overnight fears the deadly mass is a “ticking time bomb”.

Tanya Evans lives in constant pain with the three-pound lump which has taken her from a size 12 to an 18.

The 27-year-old said doctors have told her she is at risk of rupturing her bowel while she waits for complex surgery to remove the mass and reduce the swelling.

The mum-of-two said: “My daughter is 10-months-old and it’s bigger than my daughter’s head. It’s huge.

“It’s just like a big ball of skin but it’s my bowel that’s coming through the stomach wall.”

She continued: “The only way to describe it is it feels to me as if it’s like a testicle. It’s very, very sensitive whenever I touch it.

“It’s sore and it strangulates and twists daily.

“I can’t stand for longer than an hour because it will twist and my legs will give way from the pain.

“Because it is so big when my bowel pops out it starts to kill parts of it.

“It needs to come out before it becomes an emergency or I’m not going to make it.”

The swelling is so painful to touch she struggles to stand and move without parts of her bowel twisting under the skin.

She been living with the deadly mass since last December after her daughter Josie May Jenkins was born.

Since then she has suffered strangulation of her bowel, where parts of the intestine twist and lose blood supply, five times causing her stomach to turn black and blue.

The pain is so bad she sometimes passes out and cannot work or change her daughter’s nappies.

Tanya, from Swansea, Wales, said: “I’m in pain all the time anyway but when it gets too bad I actually pass out from the pain.

“My partner has caught me on the bed, the living room floor, the bathroom floor – wherever I crash.

“I’m at risk every time I change a nappy.

“One kick can make it twist and if I stand too long the gravity pulling it down will make it twist and once it twists it starts to strangulate and parts of my bowel start to die.

“I don’t leave the house on my own. I can’t, my partner has to come with me.

“He has to do everything for me. Thankfully I’ve got him but he shouldn’t have to.”

Doctors said in August they would schedule an operation to remove Tanya’s bowel, anus, womb and fix an underlying hernia with mesh.

But she was then told her surgeon was retiring and she has yet to be given a date for surgery.

She fears she will now have to go onto a waiting list for a new surgeon.

The bulge in her stomach is the latest in a string of stomach problems.

In 2014 she was admitted to hospital after a problem with her bowel left her severely constipated.

The blockage was so bad she began vomiting faeces and turned yellow.

Medics gave her a loop ileostomy – a procedure where a stoma bag is fitted to the end of the intestine and the bowel and anus are left in.

But now Tanya, who trained as an Army cadet before falling ill, is desperate to have surgery to remove it even though it is risky and will see her bedbound for months while she recovers.

She is now trying to raise £35,000 to fund the surgery privately.

A spokesman for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said: “We appreciate how difficult it is for patients who are understandably anxious to have their surgery as soon as possible.

“Mrs Evans was referred to the surgical waiting list in June 2017. Before patients have their operation they undergo a pre-operative assessment and we can confirm Mrs Evans has attended for this.

“We have yet to offer Mrs Evans a first date for surgery but will be doing this as soon as possible as the next stage of her treatment.

“The retirement of one of our surgeons will not have a detrimental effect on Mrs Evans’ position on the waiting list.”

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