Jessica Kill, an ex Bradon Forest student, has suffered for many years with Ehlers Danos Syndrome (EDS) – an extremely painful condition that makes day to day life very difficult.
Last year, Jessica’s condition took a severe turn when she was also diagnosed with Cranial Cervical Instability, a related condition to EDS. This essentially means that the weight of Jessica’s skull is crushing her brain stem and is starting to cause massive neurological symptoms, which will progressively get much worse and if left untreated will lead to paralysis and organ failure.
Jessica, formerly a resident of Redhouse and Cricklade, now lives in the West Midlands as a single mother with her 16 and eight year old sons, and this diagnosis has forced her to give up work.
Jessica has been told that the life saving surgery, which she must receive in the next three months, is not available here in the UK and it will not be funded by the NHS. She must therefore struggle to raise £150k to have the operation in New York.
Jessica’s story is currently being highlighted in the national media by Marie Claire and The Independent, but with her network of friends still in the Swindon area, many local fundraising efforts are being undertaken to help Jessica get the treatment she so desperately needs.
You can read more about Jessica’s story, and donate to her cause at: www.teamjess.co.uk