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Winning return for inspirational young showjumper after life-saving treatment

Monday, July 20, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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Showjumper Evie Toombes has taken her first win since spending more than a month in hospital receiving life-saving treatment for a chronic gastric condition.

The 18-year-old, who competes her mare Daisy in both para and able-bodied classes, landed first and second place during the first two days of jumping at Arena UK this week, just four weeks after being discharged.

It was the Skegness rider’s second show back, and first “stay away” show since being fitted with a Hickman line, which enables her to receive total parenteral nutrition (TPN) directly into a vein in her chest.

Evie, an award-winning ambassador for hidden illnesses, was born with a form of spina bifida which caused bladder and bowel problems and later developed gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach cannot empty in a normal way, making it difficult for her to receive adequate nutrition.

In May, Evie’s mother Caroline appealed to the government not to forget patients in need, after stoma surgery her daughter had scheduled for 31 March had to be postponed because of the pandemic. Evie’s BMI plummeted to just 12.7, then leaving her too weak for surgery, and she had to be admitted to hospital, where she was unable to leave the ward or receive visitors for several weeks.

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