Woman has 10 organs removed in emergency operation after going to doctor with ‘wind’

Jenny Ramage had her entire upper body cut open and chunks of her organs cut out after contracting the rare disease that killed the Hollywood icon

A brave woman has made an amazing recovery after enduring emergency surgery to remove seven organs and parts of three others.

Jenny Ramage, 35, went to the doctors with stomach pains, which were dismissed as bloating, irritable bowel, period pains, and even wind. She had a series of consultations but medics were baffled.

Then, months later, one found a tumour on her appendix, which had burst and covered her organs with a cancerous jelly.

She needed a life-saving nine-hour operation to remove her right colon, spleen, appendix, gall bladder, umbilicus, ovaries and Fallopian tubes.

Parts of her liver, diaphragm and kidney were also chopped out – leaving her with a 14-inch scar down her front.

Music producer Jenny spent three weeks in hospital recovering from the surgery to combat the rare cancer pseudomyxoma peritonei – or PMP – which affects one in a million people and killed Breakfast at Tiffany’s actress Audrey Hepburn.

Jenny said yesterday: “The scar doesn’t bother me – I see it as a survival trophy. I have been very lucky, I have made a full recovery. There’s nothing I can’t do, nothing I can’t eat or drink.

“My fertility was compromised, but I still hope to have children with eggs that were frozen just in time.”

Jenny, who lives with partner Mike in Bishopston, Bristol, first saw her GP in 2011 but said she kept being “fobbed off” so she went to A&E, where she had scans.

She said: “I saw white spots on the pictures, all over my bladder, ovaries and kidneys. They were everywhere.

“I went back months later and the doctor said it was nothing, but 30 minutes later I got a call.

"He said nurses had been chasing me down the corridor to catch me. He’d noticed the spots. I owe him my life.”

Jenny had surgery at Basingstoke Hospital in Hampshire – one of only two here that specialise in PMP.

She said: “If I hadn’t been diagnosed, it would have suffocated my organs – I’d have died.”

Jenny is now releasing a music video filmed by supporters and featuring other survivors from all over the world.


Her creation is a 21st-century version of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire, with new lyrics for modern phenomenon like selfies, iPads, Facebook, Zumba and BBC's Dragons Den.

The video will be released on YouTube next week and her story can be followed on Twitter with the hashtag #PMPoneinamillion or on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/pmponeinamillion

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