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A holidaymaker who caught a stomach bug on a girls' trip to Turkey is still unable to eat and is being fed by a tube 10 years later.
Ann-Marie Williams, 39, said her life changed dramatically when she fell ill from what she suspects was a dodgy hotel buffet.
She has never fully recovered and a decade later has to spend 15 hours-a-day attached to a drip that uses her heart to pump nutrients around her body.
Her weight dropped as low as six-and-a-half stone and she says she is not recognisable from the sociable and active person she was before.
She now wants to raise awareness of her chronic condition in the hope a breakthrough can be made and has set up a GoFundMe page.
Ann-Marie, of St Just, Cornwall, said: "The last night the holiday company offered a day trip to the mud baths with a promise of a stay in a five star hotel.
"It was barely a two star hotel. There was a buffet laid out but no-one was eating there.
“I was always really careful and it did not look great, but we were so hungry we ate the food.
“Before the holiday I was absolutely healthy and had no issues at all.
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"I am pretty sure that was the trigger and now I am stuck in a situation where I am on this machine all the time."
She added: “I was fine during the week, but when I came back I had what I thought was just a holiday bug and was really ill for a few days.
“The doctors could not figure out what was wrong and I dropped nearly two stone in weight.
"Then things started getting really bad to the point I could not eat and was in a lot of pain.
"Over the years it slowly got worse and worse. I got really sick and kept losing more weight.
"I have had so many tests done but no-one has been able to fix it."
She had her gallbladder taken out about four years ago and is now on a drip.
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Ann-Marie said: ”The only diagnosis I have is for gastroparesis, which is where you eat the food or drink and it doesn't go through your system fast enough, so it just basically sits in your gut and is a motility condition.
"They don't know why it happened but the bug I caught changed my gut somehow.
“The difference in me now is massive.
“I had a routine and was a really sociable person. I would be the person that always had house parties and cooked for people.
“It does not feel real what has happened."
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