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Lyme Disease Mum's Video Goes Viral

By Jose Paolo Calcetas , Feb 13, 2017 10:56 AM EST

A mother separately seeking for help continues to fight a serious bacterial infection caused by tick bites. To spread awareness about the disease, Heidi Luckraft, a resident of Beeston Nottinghamshire, created a video which chronicles her struggle in fighting the said illness.

Luckcraft said that she got the disease more than four years ago. She was walking her dog when she was bitten by a tick. However, she was not sure until she was diagnosed by a doctor.

In the video, the 34-year-old mother was seen crying in tremendous pain as she roles on the floor. She was seen howling in great pain as tears roll down her cheeks. Her eye make-up has smudged all over her face. She said that she made the video because she really wanted to help others. She courageously said that she was fighting for her life in the hospital because she was not diagnosed early.

Luckcraft also told The Sun that she does not blame the National Health Service for what happened to her condition. She said that the medical institution was already “overstretched, underfunded” because they lack more trained doctors that cannot be hired unless the local government allocates the necessary funds to address their needs. Moreover, she complained that suffering from Lyme disease stripped her away of the privilege to live a full life. She also wished others suffering from the disease will be able to get treatment and diagnosis sooner.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi which can be transmitted to humans by being bitten by infected blacklegged ticks. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, headache and skin rashes called erythema migrans. If left untreated, this can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.

Recently, a new research discovered that there is no evidence that links Lyme disease with autism. According to health experts, some cases of autism were thought to have been the body’s response to bite of a deer tick. At least 20 percent of children with autism also suffer from Lyme disease.

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