MUM-of-one Suki Mann used to be full of energy and lived an active lifestyle.
But an operation has left her wheelchair-bound and in need of £30,000 to walk again.
Most of the time I am a wheelchair because I have left almost all feeling in both my legs.Suki Mann
Suki, from Beauchamp Avenue, in Gosport, underwent surgery in 2013 to deal with a bladder problem.
She was meant to have a small piece of tape inserted to fix incontinence brought on from childbirth but ended up having 22cm worth of plastic mesh woven around her thigh and pelvis muscles.
The botched operation has left the former swimming instructor in a wheelchair and unable to play with her nine-year-old son Jacob.
She said: ‘I can only walk a little way but I need to have crutches.
‘Most of the time I am a wheelchair because I have left almost all feeling in both my legs.
‘This has not only affected my life, it’s affected my son’s.
‘We used to go cycling, skiing, kayaking – we would spend so much time outside.
‘Now we have to stay in and watch movies or play on the iPad.
‘It kills me seeing how upset he gets.
‘I realised at the beginning of this year that I couldn’t carry on living like this anymore.
‘I could barely go up and the stairs and my son would cry every night because he hates seeing me like this.’
To help her walk again, Suki, 48, needs to undergo another operation to remove the mesh.
But surgeons in the UK are unable to perform the procedure meaning she will have to travel to Los Angeles.
To make the journey and have the operation, she needs to raise £30,000.
She added: ‘There is a surgeon in California who said he can do the procedure properly.
‘I have been in touch with women who have had the operation with him and have told me to hang in there.’
The community has rallied together to help raise the money with her son’s school Alverstoke Junior School also supporting Suki.
Her close friend Clare Catling has been organising fundraisers and spreading Suki’s story.
She added: ‘People have been holding cake sales and different fun days to raise money.
‘Someone is abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower and a little girl in my son’s class baked cakes and sold them at her church.
‘The support has been so overwhelming.
‘It really shows the best in people.’
To make a donation to Suki visit gofundme.com/Injured-by-mesh