A father suffers from a mysterious condition that causes him to vomit every time he eats or drinks.
Kurtis Lancaster, 23, could no longer prevent anything in July 2017, vomiting now up to eight times a day.
The caregiver, who lost 38 kg (83 lbs) due to the condition, has been in and out of the hospital for the past two years, with doctors who are stunned by what is wrong.
Forced to watch his one-year-old daughter Freya grow up while lying in his hospital bed, Mr. Lancaster, from Bideford in Devon, he became so low that he & # 39; no way out & # 39; could see.
He desperately finances £ 45,000 ($ 55,898) for an experimental stomach transplant in the US.
Kurtis Lancaster (pictured left with his partner Michelle, daughter Freya, one and stepdaughter Tiffany, 10) suffers from a mysterious condition that causes him to vomit every time he eats. Since July 2017 he has been in and out of the hospital and is fed through a tube (see right)
Speaking of the ordeal, Mr. Lancaster said: & # 39; This has been one of the most painful experiences of my life, I can't get answers and no one knows what's wrong with me. & # 39;
& # 39; In July 2017, I started to give up everything I tried to eat or drink, my partner and I thought I wasn't eating or sleeping well.
& # 39; But it continued to happen no matter how much I cared for myself.
& # 39; When I eat or drink something, it comes back 10 minutes later, which can happen up to eight times a day. & # 39;
By August 2017, Lancaster had lost so much weight that he collapsed at home and was unable to move his legs.
His partner Michelle, 37, was forced to perform CPR while waiting for paramedics.
Mr. Lancaster, stepfather of 10-year-old Tiffany, said: & I crashed into a pile of skin and bones.
& # 39; I felt like I was crushed by death myself, I could barely breathe and my legs were frozen stiff. & # 39;
Since then, Lancaster has been home in a cycle of a few days, followed by weeks in the hospital, where he is fed through a tube.
& # 39; Watching my daughter grow up from the hospital has been heartbreaking & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; On my worst day, I tore all the tubes out of my body and wrote my own will, I couldn't see a way out.
& # 39; I will never forget to eat anything in the hospital and vomit excessively everywhere, I now burst into shame and was ashamed. & # 39;
Mr. Lancaster (pictured in his native Devon) vomits up to eight times a day. After many tests and meetings with specialists, doctors are stunned by what is behind his condition
Mr. Lancaster & # 39; don't know where he would be & # 39; without his & # 39; perfect partner & # 39; Michelle (see photo on the left together). Mr. Lancaster (pictured on the right in the hospital) has lost 38 kg (83 lbs). He reached a point where he could see & # 39; no way out & # 39; and pushed away his hoppers before he wrote a will
Mr Lancaster, pictured in the hospital, claims that he was asked to seek alternative treatment, which brought him into contact with US specialists. Medics have reportedly said he needs a stomach transplant and possibly a new heart, but for an amount of £ 45,000 ($ 55,898)
Lancaster claims he has had dozens of appointments and tests, but no specialist can diagnose him.
& # 39; I talked to psychiatrists about anorexia and other psychological problems, they were all excluded as possibilities, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I have had hundreds of hospitalizations and countless medical tests that have not allowed doctors to determine what is going on. & # 39;
It is said that Mr. Lancaster has said that he must seek alternative treatment, which brought him into contact with specialists in the US.
Medics have said that he needs a stomach transplant and possibly a new heart.
On his GoFundMe page, Mr. Lancaster wrote: & # 39; I suffer with dangerously low potassium levels, which cause low heart disease.
& # 39; The constantly low potassium causes pressure on my heart and it cannot stand it.
& # 39; (It) will eventually collapse under pressure and cannot be restarted. & # 39;
Mr Lancaster, who cannot afford the treatment, is asking the public for help.
& # 39; I just want to be able to take care of my beautiful family and I can't continue like this, this is not a quality of life & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; Hopefully we can raise this money and I can be the father that I was and want to stay for my children.
& # 39; I have a great family, two daughters and a perfect partner, without being sure where I would be. & # 39;
Michelle added: & # 39; This has all been so difficult, we just want to be a family again. & # 39;
Donate for the treatment of Mr Lancaster here.
If you or someone you know has considered or are concerned about suicide, you can speak to professionals for confidential support:
- For confidential support in the UK, call the Samaritans at 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for more information.
- For confidential support in the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255
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