‘When I have an attack I get anaphylactic-like symptoms. My throat swells up, my tongue swells up, and I can’t breathe. It’s very scary and can be life-threatening.’
Hanna Asquith experiences severe reactions similar to those caused by allergies and wants to show others in her position that they can still lead normal lives.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Calendar on Thursday 6th August.
‘It all started when I was about 14 and it kept on happening every week,’ explains 22-year-old Hanna from Leeds.
‘The worst time was about two years ago. I ended up in intensive care in an induced coma.
‘In my case they don’t know why it happens, or why my body does what it does.
‘Other people can be allergic to nuts or bee stings and that will cause them to go into anaphylactic shock.
‘My biggest hope for my Fixers project is to get the message across that you don’t have to feel alone in the world when the worst thing is happening.’
In the broadcast piece, Dr Sinisa Savic, a Consultant Immunologist at St James's University Hospital, reveals the number of people in the UK that have suffered a severe allergy attack.
Hanna's mum, Donna Asquith, also appears in the film.
‘I panic and think I’m going to lose her,' Donna says.
‘The day when they put Hanna on a ventilator - we thought that was it.
'It was the scariest thing in my life.’
Hanna adds: ‘Back then I felt like my life was over and I couldn’t do anything.
‘But then I thought - I’m still here. I’m not gone yet.
‘I feel really proud of myself after everything I’ve been through and all I’ve overcome.
‘I now want to help others feel like that too.’
You can watch Hanna’s TV story here at the top of this page.
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