A mother-of-five has revealed she lives in constant pain due to a condition which causes her organs to stick together ‘like cement’.
Samantha Leyland suffers from Adhesion Related Disorder (ARD), which means aggressive growth of scar tissue fixes together organs that are not usually connected.
As a result of this scar tissue’s damage, Samantha has already lost her right kidney, parts of her bowel, and undergone a hysterectomy. Her bladder and baby’s placenta even became attached during her fifth pregnancy.
And she finds herself caught in a vicious circle, as any life-saving surgery she needs as a result of the adhesions will inevitably lead to more scar tissue and complications down the line.
Now registered disabled, Samantha says this awful condition, which she was diagnosed with in 2010, has changed her life completely.