A mum who was rushed to hospital on the day of her daughter's first birthday was moments away from becoming permanently paralysed.
Zoe Fox, 36, had been experiencing back pain for a week before she was admitted to hospital and a MRI scan revealed she had a slipped disc.
The disc was crushing her spinal cord, MyLondon reported, and a bundle of nerves known as the Cauda Equina.
Medics immediately rushed the mum into surgery on February 29 2020 and Zoe has since been told she could have been paralysed for the rest of her life if she had waited much longer to be treated.
The mum said: "I had no idea that what happened was even possible, it wasn't even in my awareness that that was a thing.
"I've been to the GP about it a few times and it's the usual rest, take some tablets, do some physio."
Not long after the surgery, the UK was plunged into lockdown as the world grappled with Covid.
For Zoe, this mean she did not have access to rehabilitation therapy, house help or aftercare.
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She said: "Of all the times to get this injury, in the middle of a pandemic has to be the worst.
"There's no aftercare, the house is full of boxes, no one was able to come and help us, appointments were being cancelled, we’re all frightened, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, we’re petrified, we don't know what's going to happen."
Despite Zoe's mobility becoming severely compromised as a result of the procedure, including experiencing changes to her bowl movements, the mum hasn't received the care she needs over a year on.
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Kane, Zoe's husband, has become her primary carer whilst looking after their daughter and taking a hit to his DJ business.
In a bid to get her life back, Zoe has launched a GoFund Me to receive neurological physio therapy, and other treatments to advance her recovery and accessibility at home.
So far, the campaign has raised a whopping £10,000 in just 7 days.
On the support she's received so far, Zoe said: "It's mind blowing, I've spent the last week just crying on and off because of the possibility and support it's given me to access more support. I've spoken to specialists who have invited me in for a review."
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