Penicuik mum battles rare condition

Friends are rallying to help Jane-Louise O'Malley
Friends are rallying to help Jane-Louise O'Malley

Family and friends are rallying round to support a young Penicuik mum who has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disease.

This time last year Jane-Louise O’Malley was about to go on holiday to Tenerife with her parents and daughter.

However, a year on, the 38-year-old has spent months in hospital undergoing a range of tests, has been temporarily paralysed, has suffered a pulmonary embolism and now needs a wheelchair to get about.

Fighting back the tears, Jane-Louise told how, at her lowest ebb, she thought: “Please God take me or help me.”

Doctors eventually diagnosed Jane-Louise with Multiple acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MADD).

“It’s a rare genetic condition I was born with and people born with it don’t live until adulthood.

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