Woman 'Drowning In Poo' After Botched Surgery: Here's What's Happening And How To Help

By Aaron Mamiit | Nov 27, 2017 06:15 AM EST

Kelly Yeoman, a 34-year-old woman from the United Kingdom, is "drowning in poo" after a failed surgery.

Yeoman's condition is exactly as it sounds like, with feces filling up her insides after a routine procedure that went wrong. Her friends and family have started a crowdfunding campaign to help raise the money needed to save her life.

Woman 'Drowning In Poo': What Happened?

Yeoman underwent a minor surgical procedure at St. Michael's Hospital in Bristol for the removal of a small fluid-filled sac on her ovary. The surgery should not have posed any risks, but the surgeon made a mistake and accidentally damaged her bowel.

The result of the error was unimaginable. An X-ray on Yeoman's chest cavity showed that it is filled with feces, pushing up her lungs and diaphragm and giving her difficulty breathing. She is also "regularly vomiting a foul mixture of her last meal and her own excrement," and has been on painkillers for several weeks.

Yeoman has had two further operations since the failed surgery, and is currently confined at Southmead Hospital. Medical staff have been draining the toxic waste from her body daily to prevent her from suffocating. However, her bowel is in danger of perforating at any time, which will result in the need to use a colostomy bag for the rest of her life.

Doctors at Southmead have told Yeoman that her case is one of the most complicated ones that they have seen, as she is allergic to many types of medication in addition to several other health issues.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust's chief nurse, Carolyn Mills, meanwhile, said that Yeoman has not spoken to them since her surgery in August, and will now contact her to pursue an investigation.

How To Help Kelly Yeoman

Peter and Kate Rankin, friends of Yeoman, have created a GoFundMe page to raise £10,000. While they wrote in the page that Southmead has treated Yeoman well, their friend needs to receive attention from a specialist in St. Mark's Hospital in London.

"Nothing seems to be working and we are watching her go gradually downhill — she is almost unrecognisable as our happy, strong and determined friend. Every day she seems to fade further away and we are all beginning to fear the worst," the GoFundMe campaign reads, as it urges people to make a donation for Yeoman.

As of the time of writing, the campaign has already raised £9,395, amid messages of support as well as skepticism on the authenticity of the case.

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