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Tanya-Rebecca Evans had a baby.
But what is supposed to be a joyous time has turned Evans's life into a living hell and left her pleading for answers. A devastating injury occurred as a result of the delivery.
Evans shared on Facebook that she had an episiotomy, which is an incision made between the vaginal opening of a woman and the anus during childbirth, according to the Mayo Clinic. The incision has long been thought to prevent extensive vaginal tearing and believed to heal better.
For Evans, however, something went awry. She wrote:
She Also Cut Into My Rectum & Didn't Stitch Me Up. So I Was Left With No Anus After A few Years Of Incontinence.
The mom from the U.K. wrote that she suffered severe incontinence for 18 months, which the Mayo Clinic asserts is an effect of an episiotomy. Evans wrote that after months of her doctor petitioning surgeons to see her, she went in for a second opinion.
Her condition was dire:
I Was Dying My Body Turned Yellow. & I Was Throwing Up Poo.
In February 2014, doctors performed a loop ileostomy to address the problem. A loop ileostomy removes part of the large bowel and connects the two ends, according to Cambridge University Hospital. The procedure is temporary in order to allow part of the bowel to heal, the hospital explains.
But as Evans claimed, it wasn't so easy:
Because I'd Be Left For So Long.. They Couldn't Just Fix My Anus.
I Also Have 3 Bowel Prolapses. Because I've Had My Bag For Life For 3 Years My Anus & Bowel Needs To Be Removed Due To It Dying. Which Puts Strain On My Other Organs.
A bowel, or rectal, prolapse is when the lower part of the rectum slips out of the opening of the anus, according to the Mayo Clinic. The condition usually requires surgery. Evans explained that her medical needs were further complicated by requiring a “mesh” to fix a “strangulated parastomal hernia” and surgery for her stoma.
A stoma is the opening made in the abdomen that functions as a colon would by helping digested food exit the body, according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The Canadian Society of Intestinal Research explains a parastomal hernia is a protrusion of bowel around a weakened area of abdominal wall around the stoma. The condition is the most frequent complication to follow an ileostomy.
In June 2017, Evans was told she would have surgery in August and advised to stop taking her pain medication and steroids. Later, after she was cleared for the procedure, Evans was informed her doctor had to postpone the surgery.
Unable to receive care from other doctors, Evans is now pleading for the public's help as she was informed the earliest she can have surgery is January of next year.
Evans shared a picture of her condition on her Facebook page begging readers:
Is There Anything I Can Do?!
Evans added that in addition to being “left to suffer” without medicine to manage her pain or steroids, she has a baby at home who needs her attention:
I'm Also A New Mum. & My Fiance Has To Do Everything For Me..
Evans has established a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses.
The new mom has asked anyone who comes across her story to share it in hopes of finding help. A simple caption on her GoFundMe account reads: “Can anyone help me?”