I'VE BEEN LEFT TO DIE- NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS- MARCH 2007

VERSIONS OF FOLLOWING STORY APPEARED IN THE SUN, DAILY MIRROR, DAILY EXPRESS AND DAILY RECORD NEWSPAPERS.

Cash4YourStory was asked to help raise awareness of Sharon Mevsimler's obesity problem. As a result of the publicity she is now hoping to be taken under the wing of ITV's This Morning programme to find a solution to her weight problem.

I'VE BEEN LEFT TO DIE

A MUM who weighs 42 stone claims she is being left to die because the NHS won't pay to treat obese people.

Doctors have told Sharon Mevsimler, 37, she only has months to live.

Five-foot Sharon has so much strain on her heart and lungs that she is permanently connected to an oxygen tank.

A doctor has told her surgery to cure her obesity can't go ahead until she loses 12 stones but her NHS trust won't pay for private care Sharon says she needs. The mum-of-four has panic attacks when she feels hungry - so she binges constantly.

Sharon, of Chelmsford, Essex, said: "I have been left to die by the doctors.

"They don't care about me - they care more about how much it will cost.

"If I was anorexic, I would get help but no one has sympathy for obese people. I know I'meating myself to death but I can't stop."

Sharon started comfort eating when she suffered from post-natal depression and her eating spiralled out of control. She can no longer walk and has been stuck in one room for 18 months.

Her husband Bulent, 42, has given up work as a chef to be her full-time carer.

The NHS paid for her to stay in a 5000-a-week clinic to lose weight in 2003.

Sharon went from 35st to 28st in three months. But she claims funding was withdrawn and she got no support after her stay so piled on weight again.

Her local health authority have offered to put her into a psychiatric unit while she diets but she says this does not have the specialist care she needs.

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