The 18-year-old girl has not eaten even a bite for more than 3 years
This is the story of a teenager who has not eaten for three years but not because of a diet or desire to be thin. The 18-year-old Jodie Vasquez suffers from a rare connective tissue disease because of which she can not eat, report from Daily Mail. In order to keep her alive, Jodie’s mother, Maxine Farish, gives her “food” through a special catheter directly into her heart. The vital nutrients are given drop by drop directly into the heart of Jodie, and every time she is being “fed” there is a danger to her life. The slightest mistake while giving her “meal” can be fatal.
Jodie’s disease is so painful that she needs a wheelchair to get around, although she can walk. Moreover, her joints dislocate very easily, just when she walks.
Jodie suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which is an autosomal dominant disease. It is associated with impaired collagen synthesis, making tissues more elastic and brittle. Furthermore, the disease often affects the function of muscles, nerves and internal organs.
After being diagnosed with the disease, the life of Jodie dramatically changed. And as she struggles to survive, her twin sister Emma lives her life to the fullest. For Jodie it is extremely difficult to see how her sister is doing all those things that she would have done at that age, but she says she is happy that it was she, and not her sister, going through this hell.
The positive teenager refused to give up and said she would continue with her life and fighting disease. I do not know how long my life will be, but I got this disease for a reason, so I have to continue to fight and to be happy, said Jodie.