A woman suffering from chronic constipation has been saved via a faecal microbiota transplant.
Rescued by her own father, Rachel Challen’s bacteria was switched out for her dad’s healthier bacteria in 2013 when she was 18 years old.
The procedure proved life-changing for Rachel, now 21, who had seen various specialists and taken multiple medications to treat naesea, bloating and cramps since the age of 15.
‘There were days when I was in so much pain, I’d just have to go back to bed,” she said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. ‘Dad always teased me when I was constipated.
‘He’d say, “I’m like clockwork”. So when we were looking for a [FMT] donor, I said, “Hey, you always say your bowel is like clockwork ...”
Rachel continued, ‘My condition no longer rules my life. If my health went downhill, I’d definitely do it again.’
Sydney’s Professor Thomas Borody, who treated Rachel, says Rachel’s case is not isolated.
‘We’re dealing with an area that’s probably as big as antibiotics in 1947-48 which will impact medicine tremendously, but we don’t even know what we’re doing with it yet,’ he says.
‘We’re standing at the beginning of a whole age of explosions.’
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