A starving young woman whose eating disorder means she hasn’t eaten for a year could be discharged from hospital.
Emma Duffy, 24, has tried to kill herself nine times, but bosses at Roseberry Park hospital in Middlesbrough are still debating her release.
Mum, Beverley, of Walton said discharge would be a ‘death knell’ for former Parkside pupil Emma, who suffers from anorexia and borderline personality disorder.
She said: “It’s like signing her death warrant. She needs to be in a secure unit. If she is released into the community that will be the end of Emma. She will kill herself.”
Emma’s story went international last week after the Derbyshire Times reported her family’s campaign to get her treated at The Retreat in York.
Called Saving Emma, it aims to send her to The Retreat in York, one of the only units in the country that treats both of her conditions. NHS funding was refused because of where she currently lives in Teeside.
Her sister Amy, said: “Emma said ‘what’s the point when noone is going to help me?’ and it’s hard to disagree. It’s like they are trying to keep her alive but not save her.”
The campaign has already raised over £2000 towards Emma’s treatment. But with one year at The Retreat costing around £150,000, they are a long way off target.
Beverley added: “The support and feedback we have had from people has been fantastic. Now we just need people to keep on donating. I don’t care if it is 50p, it all helps.”
A spokesperson for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust said: “We continue to discuss their concerns with Emma and her parents. However, it isn’t appropriate to comment publicly about her care.”
David Smith, director of development at The Retreat said: “Eating Disorders can be serious, life threatening conditions with anorexia having the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric condition. Whilst often complex and lengthy, effective treatment is possible and we believe everybody who needs it should have speedy access to treatment at a location of their choice. We urge anybody who believes they may need help to speak firstly to their GP and if they are unable to find the support they need their local Health Watch.
“Our thoughts are with Emma and her family and we hope she is able to secure whatever support she needs as soon as possible.”
To donate visit www.gofundme.com/6osnlw or www.facebook.com/savingemmaduffy