A WOMAN who is hoping pioneering US medical technology can help her has told her story on national television.
Mandy Sellars, of Bolton Road, Huncoat, suffers from Proteus Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder that causes skin and bones to grow uncomfortably large or deformed.
The 33-year-old was recently featured on Channel Five’s Extraordinary People series to highlight awareness of the disorder.
Mandy’s legs and feet have grown enormously, which has affected her mobility and resulted in her having to use crut-ches.
As part of the documentary Mandy went to America to see specialist surgeons.
She said: "The idea was to see if they could build me prosthetic legs if I had my own amputated.
"They have some cutting-edge equipment over there, including something called a C-Leg, which costs £20,000.
"It contains a micro-chip which does your walking for you. As soon as you get up, it can tell what sort of surface you are on.
"But I am not going to have the operation any time soon and at the moment I am just keeping in touch with my GP to make sure the extra weight I am carrying isn’t affecting my heart."
Mandy plans to visit a surgeon in London next week to update him on her progress.
Because of the disorder Mandy will eventually have to have her legs amputated but said she will not let that deter her.
She added: "One of the points of the show was to follow me around and show me in my daily life.
"Some of the things other people take for granted can take me a bit longer to do."
l Mandy has a website http://www.mandysellars.com/index.html aimed at raising awareness of Proteus Syndrome.