24-hour emergency viewers were left in tears after exposing the mother of an anorexic teen with dangerously low blood pressure and heart rate, revealing her pain when she saw her daughter ‘languish in front of her’.
In last night’s episode of the Channel 4 show, mom of two Jo explained that her daughter Sammy, 14, had become fixated on her weight after weighing in school and feeling like she was in the heavier part of the ‘normal category sat.
Jo explained, “It was very hard to see that she wasn’t eating because she was wasting away from me and there was nothing I could do to help her.”
The teenager was brought to St George’s Hospital in London with dangerously low heart rate and blood pressure after limiting her calories to just 500 a day, while hospital doctors insisted that she remain in the ward to participate in a re -feeding plan.
Many of the spectators were left in tears over Jo and Sammy’s revelations about her eating disorder, saying, “Makes me cry every week without mistakes. Girl with anorexia has such sadness in her eyes. I just want to hug her and tell her she’s beautiful. ‘
Viewers of Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E stayed in tears as Jo and her daughter Sammy, 14, appeared on the program as the teenager battled anorexia
Meanwhile, another wrote, “I just watched this episode … Sammy literally broke my heart.
“But I would just like to say how brave and strong you are. I’m over the moon that you feel better. Well done you! ”
Jo spoke of her daughter’s struggle: “As a parent, your main responsibility is to feed, nurture and keep them healthy.
“But sometimes something happens and there is nothing you can do to help them. You cannot always protect them. That makes you feel really powerless. ‘
Viewers were left in tears about the emotional piece in the program, with many praising Sammy for her courage
Explaining how the disorder started, she said, “Sammy was a happy child. I love being older, it’s the hardest in the world, but it’s also the best in the world. ‘
Sammy was weighed in year 6 and it came back that she was at a healthy weight, but it was at the top of the healthy weight. She was not happy about that.
“Then she started saying she was too big, and she looked at pictures of herself and said she looked very plump, very fat.”
“I thought she looked beautiful. I tried to tell her, “You are certainly not too fat.”
The teenager was taken to St. George’s Hospital after doctors discovered that her blood pressure and heart rate had dropped “dangerously low.”
“She had that in her head, it wouldn’t have made any difference what I said to her.”
She continued, “It was year 8 when I saw her diet change. for a start, she wanted to lose weight, and instead of just cutting out bad feet, she started cutting out most foods. ‘
“I didn’t realize how bad it was until I realized how she was and how sick she looked.”
“Then I started to panic and then I took her to the doctor. Anorexia was diagnosed in her. ‘
Sammy’s mom Jo explained how her daughter became fixated on food after weighing in school in year 6
Jo explained how her daughter “didn’t think she had an eating disorder at all” and was “mad” at her because she felt she “didn’t need to go to the doctor.
She said, “The eating disorder has really taken over her head. There’s a lot of pressure on Sammy’s generation to look and act a certain way, and with all social media, weight is a big thing and really encouraged to look skinny. ‘
WHAT IS ANOREXIA?
Anorexia is an eating disorder and a mental illness.
People with the diagnosis try to keep their weight as low as possible by eating little or excessive exercise.
Men and women can develop the disease, but it usually starts in the mid-teens.
People with anorexia may have a distorted view of their body and think they are fat, when in fact they are seriously underweight.
Causes of the condition are unknown, but those with the condition have low self-esteem, have a family history of eating disorders, or feel pressured by society or the workplace.
Long-term health problems can include muscle and bone problems, loss of sex drive, kidney or bowl problems, or a weakened immune system.
Treatment for anorexia can include cognitive behavioral therapy.
“About a month after we went to the doctor, I heard from the websites. For starters, Sammy just told me that the websites were helping her lose weight and giving her recipes and tips. She played it, she didn’t tell me how big it was. ‘
“Sammy thought it was a good thing because she was losing weight.”
Jo explained, “I was really worried about Sammy. I felt really desperate.
“We went to the doctor and they referred us to a special eating disorders department.
“We had to visit them every week, get counseling and be weighed.
“She lost weight every week instead of gaining weight. She was really pale, felt very weak, had no energy, was tired all the time. ‘
She continued, “Every time we went, they checked her heart rate to make sure she was fine, but they realized her heart rate was too low, so they called St. George’s A&E and said to get her right away . “
While the mother and daughter were in the hospital ward, Jo asked Sammy if she realized “the seriousness” of the situation, but the teenager insisted, “I’m not that bad.”
The team performed an ECG on Sammy, with Jo telling the doctors, “This is the problem, she was doing really well and she was almost on target.
“But in recent weeks she has really gone downhill. She’s on the point now, she’s not eating. I’m really afraid to be honest. ‘
Zanna, the pediatric registrar, told the camera, “What happens to your body when you restrict your food switches to hunger mode.
“Your body fat goes first and then your muscle. Your heart is a muscle. So you run the risk of irregularities in the heartbeat. ‘
Jo told doctors at St George’s that she was terrified of her daughter’s health after they arrived at the emergency room
Sammy explained how she had eaten “about 500 calories a day,” and Zanna said, “You both know you need to take more.”
Doctors remained concerned that Sammy was damaging her internal organs and decided to keep her in at night with Zanna explaining, ‘You will need to be admitted to this department here, and the reason is how fast you lost so much weight and because of how low your calorie restriction has been. ‘
Sammy seemed devastated when her mother hugged her with a huge hug and asked the doctor, “Why can’t I go home to eat?”
But Zanna said to her, “We have to help you from all angles. It’s hard to beat, but you can absolutely do it one hundred percent. ‘
After a blood test and revealing that she was only eating 500 calories a day, the teen was hospitalized for a week
Her mother said, “You will be fine, you are getting help now, you need this.”
Zanna added, “The problem with Sammy is, that level of disability or period is actually very hard on your body.”
Her mother added, “I don’t think she realizes the seriousness of the situation.”
But Sammy was upset when her mother hugged her, “I don’t want to stay indoors, I don’t want to be alone. I do not like it. I want to go home.’
Pediatrician Zanna revealed that the level of food restriction that Sammy had done had been ‘very tough’ on her body
At the end of the program, it was revealed that Sammy had been admitted to a department for a comprehensive feeding schedule.
Jo said, “The first night, her heart rate went really low to the point where all the alarms went off. they all came running in and thought they might need CPR. ‘
“Then she realized what she was doing to her body and realized she could kill herself.”
Her heartbeat recovered at night without medical intervention, and she returned home seven days later.
At the end of the program, Sammy revealed that she is still in the recovery phase for her anorexia, but said that she is looking forward to a life in which ‘she didn’t consider food as calories’
At the end of the program, she said, “Before I was diagnosed with anorexia, I thought it meant you were not eating and were underweight, but there is so much more to it.
“Although I am in the recovery phase, I still look like food as calories and not energy or nutrition.
“I want a life where I don’t consider food calories, where I can eat pizza with my friends and that sounds a lot better than being anorexic.”
Viewers of the program were in tears over the emotional story, with one comment: ‘A 14-year-old showing up with complications and almost a heart attack from anorexia after weighing in school … always opening her eyes to see how it can get serious and how important education and care is to prevent that from happening. ‘
Another said, “Wow, how happy Sammy looked in the end. Anorexia is such a difficult disease to fight as an adult, let alone a teenager. ‘