The client: Torax Medical Inc (via Wavelength/Nexus Communications)
The brief: Social media management, interviewing and writing press releases for this healthcare PR agency. I worked on accounts for Torax Medical, London Eye Hospital, Kensington Hair Clinic & more. Here’s a blog post I wrote for Torax on the LINX Reflux Management device.
Lisette – suffered years of phlegm, breathlessness and stomach pain.
Gastric reflux is a common condition that can impact on all aspects of life. Symptoms include heartburn and regurgitation and the standard medical treatment is anti-reflux pills (PPIs), which aren’t recommended for long-term use.
Lisette Benest, 54, a trust and company administrator from Guernsey has suffered for years with health issues including phlegm, breathlessness and stomach problems. Four years ago she developed acute burning pain in her stomach and began to feel really unwell. Her GP prescribed PPIs, which didn’t help even at a higher dose. Lisette says:
“I felt nasal and heady, rather like I was suffering from an allergy. The amount of phlegm I was producing was horrible and I was physically sick every morning. I practically stopped eating and drinking to try and control it.”
After years of surgeries for a chronic bowel condition, Lisette didn’t want another invasive procedure so her GP referred her to upper GI surgeon Michael Van der Bossche at Spire Hospital in Southampton, who told her about an innovative device called LINX which could be fitted in less than an hour. After doing further research online she realised it was the simplest option and decided to go for it.
Three years on, Lisette is delighted with the results. The chronic symptoms that have plagued her for years have gone, and she is able to enjoy her life again.
“After the procedure, I had no pain and could do things straight away that I hadn’t been able to do for years, like bending over or walking up hills. I also felt as though I could breathe more easily. Not only that but I’ve lost nearly three stone in weight, which I’m thrilled about, and I’m sleeping so much better. It’s been absolutely life-changing”.