Beautician left paralysed from waist down after doctors send her home with acid reflux

Jodie Cox, 26, from Telford in Shropshire, went to A&E after feeling pain and a twinge on one side of her back – but was sent home after doctors said it could’ve been caused by kidney stones and diagnosed her with acid reflux

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A beautician paralyzed from the waist down was initially told by doctors she had a simple case of acid reflux.

Jodie Cox, 26, from Telford, Shropshire, took herself to A&E after she started suffering with pain along one side of her back during the pandemic.

The once “healthy and vibrant” beauty technician was told by doctors it could’ve been caused by kidney stones and she was sent home with a simple diagnosis of acid reflux, Birmingham Live reports.

But the pain became excruciating so she took herself back to A&E but was sent home again, she claims.

Suddenly one night on January 21, 2021, a panic-stricken Jodie and her boyfriend, Luke Watson, made another trip to the hospital after struggling to stand steadily.

Recalling the terrifying ordeal Luke, 28, told BlackCountryLive: “One night she started to lose feeling in her legs so I took her to A&E, she was stumbling into the hospital and I had to support her. She never walked back out of A&E.







Jodie was alone when she received the diagnosis due to Covid restrictions
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Her partner has given up work to look after her
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“She was transferred to Oswestry Hospital where they discovered a tumor in her spine.”

Jodie was given the devastating news that she had an aggressive type of osteosarcoma – a form of bone cancer.

Within 18 hours she lost all feeling in both legs and was paralyzed from the waist down. The cancer had led to a T10 incomplete spinal cord injury. Medics also found small tumors in her lung di lei.

Due to strict coronavirus restrictions, she was alone when she received the diagnosis.

Her partner, who has since given up his job as a contractor to care for her, said: “It all happened very fast. She FaceTimed me and my mum to tell us about the tumor then we didn’t hear from her for the rest of the day as she was rushed to surgery. It was incredibly difficult.







Jodie has already undergone several rounds of grueling chemotherapy
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Jodie had been looking to start a family with her partner before the devastating diagnosis
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“When she first got the news from the doctors she went into shock, by the time she told us she was a little bit numb. I was distraught and my mum had a panic attack. “

She was transferred to a hospital in Manchester for six rounds of an intensive course of chemotherapy and remained in hospital for five months. She is currently in hospital undergoing her second course of treatment.

Before her life flipped upside down, Jodie and Luke had been looking forward to buying a home together, getting married and starting a family. She was also forced to give up her job and passion for beauty therapy.

“Adjusting to life with paralysis has been incredibly difficult for Jodie, there’s more to it than not being able to walk”, Luke added.

He continued: She also suffers from nerve pain which is probably the worse part of it, she’s in absolute agony from the waist down. It feels like her legs di lei are on fire and she can’t move. She has to rely on me a lot now, I had to leave my job di lei to take care of her.

“She has physiotherapy which has been helping with her independence, bone density and strength as well as increasing her chance of recovery.







Doctors say they doubt Jodie will be able to walk again
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Speaking from hospital, Jodie thanked her family and friends for their support
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“She can feel temperature and began moving her toes recently but doctors have said it’s unlikely she will ever walk again.”

Speaking from hospital while undergoing treatment, Jodie told BlackCountryLive: “I wouldn’t have been able to get through this without all the support around me, especially from Luke, family and friends.

“That’s what keeps you going the most, when you are down they pick you back up again, the people that you have around you make the biggest difference.







Jodie also suffers with severe nerve pain
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“If anyone is going through a similar thing and want to reach out to have someone to talk to, or ask questions, I want them to be able to reach out to me, it helps you feel like you are not alone.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to normality, not having to live in hospitals and not think about being sick all the time and live how I used to live before.”

A spokesperson for The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Whilst we are unable to comment on individual cases, we always endeavor to provide the highest possible standard of care to those we serve and, for where we may not have lived up to this, we have comprehensive and rigorous processes in place.







Jodie said she’s looking forward to living back at home and being out of the hospital
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“We will always ensure a full and thorough investigation is undertaken on any concerns a patient has about their treatment and, through this, we will seek to address any issues raised.”

A GoFundMe page has been launched for Jodie and her family, find out more here.

You can follow Jodie’s journey by visiting her Instagram page here.

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