The Only Woman in the World With Two …

Doctors told her she was one-of-a-kind | “I feel so privileged …”

(Jess Young, SWNS) A British woman believed to be the only person in the world to suffer TWO terminal diseases is pinning her hopes on a new drug after being told she had less than six months to live.

Doctors told single mum Jo Smith, 40 – who has pulmonary hypertension and lymphatic cancer – she could die at any moment for the past three years.

Against all odds, Jo managed to keep both diseases at bay, but they have now taken their toll on her heart and her prognosis is very bleak.

Echocardiogram scans revealed her heart has deteriorated so much it could fail at any time and, without medical intervention, she has less than six months to live.

Jo Smith from Exeter (right) who suffers from pulmonary hypertension and lymphatic cancer pictured with her friend and fundraiser Sarah Lacey.

But Jo, of Exeter, Devon, is hoping a new drug called Imatinib could give her more time after her consultant made a successful compassionate plea before an NHS ethics committee.

The side effects include heart and kidney failure and internal bleeding, but it is a risk Jo is willing to take for the sake of her eight-year-old son Rudey.

She said: “I was not really expecting any treatment to come along so quickly or even at all. As far as I was aware there was nothing else out there.

“I feel so privileged to start this new treatment. I have had to go through a few hoops as it’s not an approved drug for pulmonary hypertension because in trials it had a chequered history.

“The fatalities on the trial were largely due to internal bleeding, but when you look at the results there is also a large number of people in the placebo group who died.” Read the full story at SWNS. 


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