A mum whose stomach ballooned to the size of a child’s head overnight fears the deadly mass is a “ticking time bomb”.
The 27-year-old said doctors have told her she is at risk of rupturing her bowel while she waits for complex surgery to remove the mass and reduce the swelling.
The mum-of-two said: “My daughter is 10-months-old and it’s bigger than my daughter’s head. It’s huge.
“It’s just like a big ball of skin but it’s my bowel that’s coming through the stomach wall.”She continued: “The only way to describe it is it feels to me as if it’s like a testicle. It’s very, very sensitive whenever I touch it.
“It’s sore and it strangulates and twists daily.
“I can’t stand for longer than an hour because it will twist and my legs will give way from the pain.
“Because it is so big when my bowel pops out it starts to kill parts of it.
“It needs to come out before it becomes an emergency or I’m not going to make it.”
The swelling is so painful to touch she struggles to stand and move without parts of her bowel twisting under the skin.
She been living with the deadly mass since last December after her daughter Josie May Jenkins was born.
Since then she has suffered strangulation of her bowel, where parts of the intestine twist and lose blood supply, five times causing her stomach to turn black and blue.
The pain is so bad she sometimes passes out and cannot work or change her daughter’s nappies.
Doctors said in August they would schedule an operation to remove Tanya’s bowel, anus, womb and fix an underlying hernia with mesh.
But she was then told her surgeon was retiring and she has yet to be given a date for surgery.
Medics gave her a loop ileostomy – a procedure where a stoma bag is fitted to the end of the intestine and the bowel and anus are left in.
But now Tanya, who trained as an Army cadet before falling ill, is desperate to have surgery to remove it even though it is risky and will see her bedbound for months while she recovers.