Swansea woman has hernia larger than size of child’s head


A young mother has launched a desperate appeal to remove a hernia the size of a football from her stomach.  

Tanya Evans, 27, from Swansea, says doctors have told her she is at risk of rupturing her bowel while she waits for complex surgery to remove the mass.

Her friends have now launched a fundraising page on JustGiving to try and raise 35,000 to fund the procedure privately.

Tanya, who trained as an Army cadet before falling ill, has been living with the 3 lbs mass since February 2014 but it has been steadily growing since last December when she gave birth to her daughter Josie May, but is now desperate to have an operation to remove the hernia.

Speaking to MailOnline, Tanya said: ‘I’m shaking with pain. I’m not going to make it for 18 months. I want to get married and christen my daughter but a wedding dress won’t fit me at the minute.’

Desperate plea: Tanya (pictured with fiancé Mark and daughter Josie May) has been living with the 3 lbs mass since last December after giving birth to her daughter, but is now desperate to have an operation to remove the hernia

Desperate plea: Tanya (pictured with fiancé Mark and daughter Josie May) has been living with the 3 lbs mass since last December after giving birth to her daughter, but is now desperate to have an operation to remove the hernia

Desperate plea: Tanya (pictured with fiancé Mark and daughter Josie May) has been living with the 3 lbs mass since last December after giving birth to her daughter, but is now desperate to have an operation to remove the hernia

Painful: Tanya describes the hernia as 'like a big ball of skin but it's my bowel that's coming through the stomach wall. The swelling is so painful to touch I struggle to even stand. My fiancé has to do everything for me'

Painful: Tanya describes the hernia as 'like a big ball of skin but it's my bowel that's coming through the stomach wall. The swelling is so painful to touch I struggle to even stand. My fiancé has to do everything for me'

Painful: Tanya describes the hernia as ‘like a big ball of skin but it’s my bowel that’s coming through the stomach wall. The swelling is so painful to touch I struggle to even stand. My fiancé has to do everything for me’

The mother-of-two said: ‘My daughter is now 10 months old and [the hernia is] bigger than her 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. The swelling is so painful to touch I struggle to even stand. My fiancé has to do everything for me.’

Since then she has suffered strangulation of her bowel, where parts of the intestine twist and lose blood supply which has resulted in her passing out from the pain.

Doctors said in August they would schedule an operation to remove Tanya’s bowel, anus and 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.

Tanya, pictured with fiancé Mark, told MailOnline: I'm shaking with pain. I'm not going to make it for 18 months. I want to get married and christen my daughter but a wedding dress won't fit me at the minute'

Tanya, pictured with fiancé Mark, told MailOnline: I'm shaking with pain. I'm not going to make it for 18 months. I want to get married and christen my daughter but a wedding dress won't fit me at the minute'

Tanya, pictured with fiancé Mark, told MailOnline: I’m shaking with pain. I’m not going to make it for 18 months. I want to get married and christen my daughter but a wedding dress won’t fit me at the minute’

Setback: Doctors said in August they would schedule an operation to remove Tanya's bowel, anus and 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

Setback: Doctors said in August they would schedule an operation to remove Tanya's bowel, anus and 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

Setback: Doctors said in August they would schedule an operation to remove Tanya’s bowel, anus and 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

Agony: Tanya has suffered strangulation of her bowel, where parts of the intestine twist and lose blood supply which has resulted in her passing out from the pain

Agony: Tanya has suffered strangulation of her bowel, where parts of the intestine twist and lose blood supply which has resulted in her passing out from the pain

Agony: Tanya has suffered strangulation of her bowel, where parts of the intestine twist and lose blood supply which has resulted in her passing out from the pain

Tanya, who trained as an Army cadet before falling ill, has been living with the 3 lbs mass since February 2014 but it has been steadily growing since last December

Tanya, who trained as an Army cadet before falling ill, has been living with the 3 lbs mass since February 2014 but it has been steadily growing since last December

Tanya, who trained as an Army cadet before falling ill, has been living with the 3 lbs mass since February 2014 but it has been steadily growing since last December

Tanya now fears she will now have to go onto a waiting list for a new surgeon which is why she has set up the crowdfunding page to try to cover the costs privately.

‘I had a phone call with the hospital this morning and was told I’m not even on a list. Apparently, there’s a new surgeon in January and I will l be at the end of his 18 month waiting list. If I get on it at all.’

The hernia is the latest in a string of stomach problems for Tanya who was admitted to hospital in 2014 after a problem with her bowel left her severely constipated and resulted in her turning yellow and vomiting faeces.

Tanya told MailOnline: ‘Sometimes my bowel comes through my stomach wall, the whole hernia turns black and goes really hard. It twists inside. It could rupture or explode at any moment.’ 



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