Phil’s story -
The first signs of Phil’s illness started in January 2021, he had extremely bad heartburn that kept on developing. He then found himself choking in his sleep, after seeking advice for this he was told it was acid reflux. At this time the world was dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, this meant for Phil that he wasn’t able to access much advice as the doctors were out of action. He then got to a point were he could not eat or drink and finally got admitted to hospital, tests were done and a camera was placed down his throat to investigate.
Eventually, after weeks of sleepless nights and uncomfortable pain Phil got an answer.
His condition is cardia achalasia.
Achalasia Cardia occurs when nerves in the oesophagus become damaged. As a result, the oesophagus becomes paralyzed and dilated over time and eventually loses the ability to squeeze food down into the stomach.
The aspiration of saliva and food contents by people with achalasia may cause pneumonia, other pulmonary infections, or even death. The incidence of oesophageal cancer is significantly increased in patients with achalasia.
In April, he was told no more solid foods and placed on a liquid diet and is currently still only consuming liquid. Phil was a healthy 18 stone prior to the start of his illness, he is now weighing at a shocking 13 stone.
He has devolved sleep fear, as he would rather operate on very little sleep instead of being scared of choking in his sleep on his own vomit and not waking up.
Phil is now at the point where he struggles to get any liquid down at all leaving him dehydrated. He takes the little positives by being able to get food in via the NG feeding tube.
As well as having this awful illness Phil’s issues have not stopped there, as he was still on a trial period in his place of work he got made redundant due to not being fit enough to work. This has left him with terrible worries and issues financially while dealing with this illness and is still unable to work.
He is now faced with the issue of having to get his operation done privately and this comes with a huge cost financially.
Having done so much for myself along with many others over the last 15 years I would like to help Phil raise as much as he can to get back on his feet.
Phil has been involved in junior rugby for 15 years. He has built a large junior section at New Brighton voluntary. Without Phil the junior section within the club would not be what it is today. He has giving a ridiculous amount of time to providing juniors with rugby and it’s at times like this he needs some support back.
In his time of being involved in rugby he has:
Set up 16 different age groups organising coaches and fixtures
Coached an age group himself
Organised many junior tournaments
Improved the facilities at New Brighton so more junior players can play rugby
This will come as a surprise to Phil that we are doing this, and he would totally object, but unfortunately because the condition and his health has deteriorated that much he has now opted to pay for private healthcare as there was not any sign of the operation being available on the NHS. The operation will cost a whopping £6000 in credit cards and loans and still without a job he will be in debt for years to come but it’s came to the point were Phil has to put his health ahead of money. Whatever we can raise is just that little something that will make things easier for him.
As well as this we will be doing fundraising night on the 12th of February
New Brighton rugby club
Many thanks for your time in reading this and any donations are greatly appreciated.