Can you help a young Leamington man with a severely debilitating disease to 'get his health back' and live a normal life?
Matthew Crowley has gastroparesis which causes severe stomach pain and vomiting on a regular basis and his family have launched a fundraising campaign to fund the cost of the operation he needs to "turn his life around"
The family and friends of a Leamington man who has a severely debilitating disease are appealing to Courier readers to help them to raise the money to fund an operation he desperately needs to "turn his life around".
Matthew Crowley, 26, has gastroparesis which causes severe stomach pain and vomiting on a regular basis and makes him unable to live a normal life and enjoy his hobbies such as boxing and the competitive team shooting game airsoft.
He has suffered from the disease for about three-and-a-half years and has been admitted to Warwick Hospital several times during this time.
Matthew, who has been a type-1 diabetic since the age of 13, has been told he can have a gastro pacemaker fitted but that funding for this operation is not available through the NHS in England and that he and his family would have to pay £20,000 to have it carried out.
Sylvia Saraci, Matthew's aunt, has set up a fundraising page on the GoFundMe website.
She said: "When Matthew was 13 years old he was diagnosed with diabetes and has had to inject himself everyday since with insulin.
"This was a life-changing thing which would be hard for anybody but especially a teenager.
"It soon became a way of life until about three and a half years ago when Matthew became poorly and was admitted to hospital, all the years of injecting has become to much for his stomach, he has since spent more time in hospital than at home being in severe pain and vomiting and loosing a lot of weight he was eventually diagnosed with gastroporesis.
"This basically means the stomach doesn’t digest food and it rots which causes pain and sickness.
"Matthew has met with a surgeon who is prepared to fit him with a gastro pacemaker, so Matthew can get his health back but the operation is not covered on the NHS, it is if you live in Scotland or Wales but not England.
"Matthew and his girlfriend have just got engaged and are hoping to start a new life together but with his health the way it is this is not possible.
"Please help us raise the medical fees, it doesn’t matter how little you can give, every penny will help towards getting Matthew back to a normal life."
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