The man whose body is 'eating itself'

Mail Online | 2/7/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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A man claims his body is 'eating itself' due to a condition that makes him vomit every time he consumes food.

Lee Baker, of Margate, Kent, suffers from gastroparesis, which affects the normal movements of the muscles in the stomach, preventing it from emptying properly.

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This has left the 45-year-old - who used to work as a chocolate salesman - unable to eat solid food for the past six years and looking like a 'skeleton with skin'.

Surviving on just four milkshakes a day, he is now severely malnourished, going from 17st 9lbs (114kg) two years ago to just 7st 8lbs (50kg) today.

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After doctors warned he may be forced to have a feeding tube fitted, Mr Baker is finally making 'good progress' following a gastric pacemaker that regulates the movement of his stomach.

Speaking of his condition, Mr Baker said: 'My body doesn't stop me from physically eating anything solid.

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'At the moment, if I put anything in my stomach or down my mouth, within a minute or two, five minutes at the latest, it's back as it went down, doesn't break up, doesn't do anything.

'My muscles now are being eaten away. My fat's already been eaten away by the disease, so they'll be nothing left of me.

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'I can't walk very much anymore, so I find it hard to get upstairs. It's changed everything about every aspect of my life.'

Mr Baker - who is father to 11-year-old Grace and 10-year-old Kian - is so weak he is barely able to walk and regularly collapses from exhaustion.

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His wife Alison Baker said: 'He's just a skeleton with skin on at the moment. It's heartbreaking.

'He's not so energetic, he can't do as much as he used to like to do.

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'So it has been harder but he always tries to keep a smile on...
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