A friend of a former lingerie entrepreneur who has seen her health destroyed by Lyme disease has made a desperate appeal to help to raise funds for her treatment.
Fine Rees was the creative brains behind her hugely successful emporium Miss Lala’s Boudoir when she became ill.
Her Hollywood-inspired designs were stocked in major department stores, including Harrods and Selfridges, and her two stores in London’s Primrose Hill and Covent Garden had achieved cult status by the time she was forced to close them in 2010.
Fine, pronounced Feena, contracted Lyme disease from a single tick bite in South Africa 13 years ago, but it was only in 2013 when she was finally diagnosed.
For the last seven years she has been mostly housebound, living with her parents having lost all sense of normal life.
Her friend Sara has set up a GoFundMe page on Fine’s behalf to help raise £15,000 for her treatment in America. So far, the appeal has raised £5,885.
“There is currently no available treatment for late stages of this illness in the UK, either on the NHS or privately,” Sara said.
“Fine desperately needs our support to help pay for her ongoing medical treatment in America.”
Lyme disease has wreaked such havoc on Fine’s immune system, central nervous and digestive systems that she has developed a myriad of complications and conditions including parasitic infections, recurrent liver inflammation, nerve damage to the arms and legs, severe food and chemical allergies and painful bladder syndrome.
Funds will help pay for consultations with Dr Eric Gordon, who has 20 years’ experience in treating complex Lyme patients; anti viral medication; anti parasitic medication; regular blood tests and intravenous nutritional therapy.
Fine has seen her health improve since being treated by Dr Gordon over a period of two months, but her funds have now run out and she has been forced to return to the UK.