In attesa di trapianto, 43enne inglese vive con tre tazze di té al giorno
Trudy Sharp, 43 (in the picture), has digestion problems and the only thing that passes her lips is three cups of tea a day. Mrs Sharp, a housewife, survives on a liquid food being fed directly into her system at meal times. “It’s not easy watching everyone else eat, while I have to get by on tea. I’d love to sit down to a really romantic three-course meal with all the trimmings and lots of wine. “But over the years I’ve learnt to make do with a simple cuppa. No one knows tea better than I do!”. Mrs Sharp, who lives in Milton Keynes, Bucks, with her husband Barry, 44, first developed intestinal difficulties when her appendix burst as a teenager. The problems persisted for most of her adult life, and reached a critical point in 2006 when doctors said she needed a colectomy - the removal of her large and small bowel. Since the diagnosis, she has been forced to eat liquid meals fed via a tube inserted into her neck. It means she is forced to carry her daily rations with her in a four-litre rucksack wherever she goes. Mrs Sharp is also limited to drinking three cups of tea per day. A fourth cup may overload and damage her system. She is now at the top of a transplant waiting list at Churchill Hospital in Oxford. The hospital is one of only two in the country to carry out multi-organ transplants and is appealing for more people to sign up to become donors. But Mrs Sharp, a former assembly worker, remains confident about the future. "Every day I count my blessings that I am still here. But to be honest, a life without eating food is not much of a life. I dream that one day soon a donor will be found and I will be able to lead a normal life at last”.