"My arms and breasts are like Dot Cotton, yet NHS won't fund surgery for saggy skin removal" says Braintree super slimmer after dropping 23 stone

Braintree and Witham Times: "My arms and breasts are like Dot Cotton, yet NHS won't fund saggy skin removal surgery" says Braintree super slimmer after dropping 23 stone "My arms and breasts are like Dot Cotton, yet NHS won't fund saggy skin removal surgery" says Braintree super slimmer after dropping 23 stone

A mum-of-seven is fighting for the removal of saggy skin following her incredible 23-stone weight loss.

Evridiki Cruikshank, 47, of Braintree, has been refused funding for surgery because it is considered cosmetic rather than clinical, despite claims she has “Dot Cotton” arms and breasts.

Ms Cruikshank suffered depression following the death of her husband in 1999 and the still birth of her daughter 11 years ago.

Food became her friend and eventually she ballooned to 32 stone.

In 2010, she had a £22,000 gastric bypass and within a year and a half, she claims she lost the 23 stone by just eating jelly.

She said: “I have gone through hell to get this far.
“Everyone thinks what I have done is amazing, yet I have to carry on fighting."

Lisa Harrod-Rothwell, Chair of Mid Essex Central Eastern Commissioning Support Unit (CCG) said: “Some procedures are considered of cosmetic value.


“Making best use of our resources, on behalf of the 390,000 people we serve, means that we can only fund procedures and treatments that meet clinical needs."

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12:10pm Thu 19 Dec 13

The Stinker Returns says...

How very disrespectful towards the fine actress, June Brown. Losing weight is not "going through hell". She could have done it more healthily than a gastric by-pass (presumably paid for by the tax payer). Anyway, she allowed herself to get hugely fat through comfort eating and now she is suffering the consquences of putting on, and then losing, such a ridiculous amount of weight in such a short period of time. We all would like to be perfect but I'm glad I'm not paying for her to have this surgery.
How very disrespectful towards the fine actress, June Brown. Losing weight is not "going through hell". She could have done it more healthily than a gastric by-pass (presumably paid for by the tax payer). Anyway, she allowed herself to get hugely fat through comfort eating and now she is suffering the consquences of putting on, and then losing, such a ridiculous amount of weight in such a short period of time. We all would like to be perfect but I'm glad I'm not paying for her to have this surgery. The Stinker Returns

11:59am Fri 20 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I feel uneasy about the BWT continuing to publish this article which implies such a gross personal insult to the actress June Brown.

I think a large bouquet of flowers to Ms Brown - accompanied by a suitable token donation to her favourite charity might be in order don't you think?
I feel uneasy about the BWT continuing to publish this article which implies such a gross personal insult to the actress June Brown. I think a large bouquet of flowers to Ms Brown - accompanied by a suitable token donation to her favourite charity might be in order don't you think? OMPITA [Intl]

12:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

The Stinker Returns says...

I agree. This is the second time in as many weeks that the paper has published something offensive to another person.
I agree. This is the second time in as many weeks that the paper has published something offensive to another person. The Stinker Returns

2:46pm Fri 20 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I’m behind you all the way on this one STR.

However, it can’t be easy for the poor old journalist to put each foot in the right place every single time, especially if they are slaving away with the Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads. No doubt they are under relentless pressure to produce ever more attention getting headlines. Just as occasionally happens to us erudite contributors to these comments columns there will be the odd occasions when they perhaps regret not having expressed something in a slightly different manner to that which they did. It happens to us all sooner or later.

I feel we must however give some credit to the BWT (OMG, did I really say that? This Christmas malarkey must be addling my grey matter) for they did act quite quickly in the recent case that I think you may be alluding to - regarding the strange contents of a spin drier perhaps? They withdrew the offending article toot sweet. Indeed there have been several other instances in the last year or so where editorial discretion seems to have been similarly and rather sensibly retrospectively applied (Cripes! - I’ve gone and done it again).

One instance was where ‘yours truly’ was led astray by that dodgy geezer known as ‘Yellow Peril’ (I wonder whatever became of him?) and rather incautiously let slip some inappropriate comments relating to a story about a lady with a glass eye. They certainly acted pretty quickly over that issue!

Whilst I’m uncharacteristically heaping praise on the BWT, I might as well take a leaf out of my role model hero’s book (do you remember W C Fields? What a guy!) and get it over with so that I can slip back into the comfort of my normal curmudgeonly outlook on things in general. I must say I do find life much happier being a miserable old git!

Anyway, what I’m leading up to is the fact that with the BWT the likes of us hoi polloi do at least get an opportunity to proffer our opinions and comments in a relatively unrestricted fashion. Compare that to the situation vis-à-vis readers just down the road in Clacton and Harwich.

There, for some reason or other there is far less of a chance of being able to comment and it must be quite frustrating for anyone who wants to enjoy a similar privilege to that accorded to citizens of Braintree.

We must bear that in mind as hopefully we continue to use (but not frequently abuse) the readers’ comments facility provide by the BWT.

Maybe it’s case of ‘better the devil you know after all eh?”

Well that’s it. I have nothing else nice to say about the BWT and I promise not to offer any other laudatory comments throughout the whole of 2014.

That’s my New Year’s resolution done and dusted.

Happy Christmas – Doh!
I’m behind you all the way on this one STR. However, it can’t be easy for the poor old journalist to put each foot in the right place every single time, especially if they are slaving away with the Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads. No doubt they are under relentless pressure to produce ever more attention getting headlines. Just as occasionally happens to us erudite contributors to these comments columns there will be the odd occasions when they perhaps regret not having expressed something in a slightly different manner to that which they did. It happens to us all sooner or later. I feel we must however give some credit to the BWT (OMG, did I really say that? This Christmas malarkey must be addling my grey matter) for they did act quite quickly in the recent case that I think you may be alluding to - regarding the strange contents of a spin drier perhaps? They withdrew the offending article toot sweet. Indeed there have been several other instances in the last year or so where editorial discretion seems to have been similarly and rather sensibly retrospectively applied (Cripes! - I’ve gone and done it again). One instance was where ‘yours truly’ was led astray by that dodgy geezer known as ‘Yellow Peril’ (I wonder whatever became of him?) and rather incautiously let slip some inappropriate comments relating to a story about a lady with a glass eye. They certainly acted pretty quickly over that issue! Whilst I’m uncharacteristically heaping praise on the BWT, I might as well take a leaf out of my role model hero’s book (do you remember W C Fields? What a guy!) and get it over with so that I can slip back into the comfort of my normal curmudgeonly outlook on things in general. I must say I do find life much happier being a miserable old git! Anyway, what I’m leading up to is the fact that with the BWT the likes of us hoi polloi do at least get an opportunity to proffer our opinions and comments in a relatively unrestricted fashion. Compare that to the situation vis-à-vis readers just down the road in Clacton and Harwich. There, for some reason or other there is far less of a chance of being able to comment and it must be quite frustrating for anyone who wants to enjoy a similar privilege to that accorded to citizens of Braintree. We must bear that in mind as hopefully we continue to use (but not frequently abuse) the readers’ comments facility provide by the BWT. Maybe it’s case of ‘better the devil you know after all eh?” Well that’s it. I have nothing else nice to say about the BWT and I promise not to offer any other laudatory comments throughout the whole of 2014. That’s my New Year’s resolution done and dusted. Happy Christmas – Doh! OMPITA [Intl]

6:55pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Beck 1 says...

Good on you for losing weight, but the tax payer wasn't responsible for your extensive weight gain. If you want surgery, maybe take out a loan to fund it.
Good on you for losing weight, but the tax payer wasn't responsible for your extensive weight gain. If you want surgery, maybe take out a loan to fund it. Beck 1

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