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Huncoat woman's amputation to feature on Channel 5 tonight

Lancashire Telegraph: AWARENESS HOPE Mandy meets with one of her doctors after the amputation AWARENESS HOPE Mandy meets with one of her doctors after the amputation

A WOMAN with a rare condition that has left her with 15-stone legs will appear in a documentary tonight after part of her left leg was amputated.

Mandy Sellars, 36, who has from Proteus syndrome – the same condition that affected ‘Elephant Man’ Joseph Merrick – was in constant pain following an infection on her left foot.

The documentary, Losing One of My Giant Legs, follows Mandy’s recovery after the life changing operation.

Mandy, of Bolton Avenue, Huncoat, developed cellulitis, an ongoing bacterial infection, in 1995 which turned septic last year.

After consultation, surgeons at Liverpool Royal Hospital agreed to amputate her left leg from the knee down to save her life in January 2010.

Mandy, an RSCPA volunteer before her operation, is seen learning to walk with a carbon fibre and metal prosthetic leg.

She now uses a wheelchair while receiving physio to walk with the false limb.

Mandy said: “The documentary follows me after the amputation of my left leg.

"It shows how I’m trying to get my life back to normal and follows my journey.

“My leg has continued to grow width ways since the operation and doctors are doing gene tests to find out more about the condition and I’m waiting for the results.

“Before my leg was amputated it was constantly getting infected and since the operation I feel so much better.”

Mandy spent five months in hospital recovering from the operation, as well as waiting for adjustments to her flat to ensure she could be independent again.

She said: “I’m looking forward to the documentary. I want to raise awareness about the condition.”

The 45-minute documentary is on at 9pm tonight as part of Channel 5’s Extraordinary People season.

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12:01am Wed 24 Aug 11

bacupbabe says...

I would urge everyone to watch this documentary. Mandy is an inspirational woman who has coped with her disabilty in an amazing way. She has always been a forward looking person and is a joy to be around.
I would urge everyone to watch this documentary. Mandy is an inspirational woman who has coped with her disabilty in an amazing way. She has always been a forward looking person and is a joy to be around. bacupbabe
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6:12pm Wed 24 Aug 11

annbetty says...

I admire this lady who has tremendous courage and strength and although disabled seems to live life to the full. We could do with bottling her spirit and strength of personality and give it to all the other people who let disability takeover their lives. This lady is amazing.I'm really looking forward to the documentary.
I admire this lady who has tremendous courage and strength and although disabled seems to live life to the full. We could do with bottling her spirit and strength of personality and give it to all the other people who let disability takeover their lives. This lady is amazing.I'm really looking forward to the documentary. annbetty
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7:37pm Wed 24 Aug 11

mavrick says...

well said, i hope they do find some cure to help Mandy. It puts my troubles into perspective.
well said, i hope they do find some cure to help Mandy. It puts my troubles into perspective. mavrick
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11:18pm Wed 24 Aug 11

mys says...

Ah bless her x and good luck for the future x
Ah bless her x and good luck for the future x mys
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