A young man has been left unable to walk and needs 24-hour care after taking strong antibiotics.
Alex Middleton was suffering from a mystery infection, which doctors wanted to shift, so they prescribed medication.
The 26-year-old took the drugs last year, but after two days started having side effects.
Alex, formerly fit and healthy, is now skeletal and struggles to walk and take care of himself.
He and his family say the antibiotics are to blame, and he should never have been given them.
His mom Michelle Middleton told Grimsby Live that Alex had been suffering from pain in his abdomen for a year, with doctors finding he had “a non-specific infection”.
She added: “They didn’t know what that infection was and they gave him Ciprofloxacin. It’s a fluoroquinolone antibiotic.
“This antibiotic — we’ve since found out — the government advises that it should only be used as a last resort when other medications haven’t worked. For example, sepsis, or a potentially life-threatening virus.
“He only actually took five of these tablets because once he’d taken the fifth one, he was tingling, getting pain in his joints and he said to me, ‘Something is very, very wrong.’
“The doctor just said that because he’d stopped taking them, the side effects would go away. But they’ve progressed and progressed on a daily basis, in just 10 months.”
She thinks Alex has fluoroquinolone toxicity — when side effects to these strong drugs can last for a long time.
The heartbroken mother said how her son is in pain all the time but can’t have painkillers as he has bad reactions to them too.
He has lost weight, struggles to eat and is not able to walk properly.
She added: “I can’t tell you how many times he’s told me to kill him. It’s been horrendous.
“He’s been for MRI scans and they have shown that he has an abnormally large coeliac artery, so they’re investigating that. But the be-all and end-all is, nobody knows how to treat this condition.
“So he’s now in a hospital bed in his lounge, downstairs, and he has been there since July 10. He’s gone from this fit, healthy guy to like a skeleton.”
Michelle spends half her day caring for Alex, before his partner takes over in the afternoon.
She has set up a fundraiser to try and help him get better care and private treatment.
Sharing the appeal, Alex wrote on Facebook: “I’ve been to the hospital multiple times and have had absolutely no luck with any help or treatments and to put it bluntly I’ve been left to rot at home.
“My [mom] has set up a GoFundMe for private medical care, testing and treatment because we don’t have any other option at this point and things have accelerated a lot the past two months, I’m scared for my life and the NHS aren’t offering me any help, treatment or even testing.
“I haven’t just lost my mobility, I’ve lost my quality of life, I’ve lost all my relationships, my daughter has lost her dad, my girlfriend has lost her partner and my mum and dad have lost their son.”
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.