A British mother-of-two hopes to raise $5,000 for dentures so she can smile in photographs with her sons one last time before her death.
Kelly Murray, 33, was told she will die in the next year. The New Whittington mother suffers from Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), which caused most of her teeth and jawbone to rot away. LCH is a disorder in which a proliferation of abnormal cells, which are derived from bone marrow, build up in the body forming tumors called granulomas. The illness has distorted much of the 33-year-old's face.
Murray is believed to be the only LCH patient to have given birth.
“I find it hard to accept that I won't see my sons grow up,” she told the Daily Mail. “I want to see them grow into young men. I don't want to miss their first day of secondary school.
She was diagnosed when she was 20, after suffering two collapsed lungs.
“I have always tried to keep on going, but you know your own body, and I know. I can barely lift things,” she said. “Sometimes the pain is so bad and I don't sleep, and if I do I wake up gasping. I'm more tired and I feel weaker.”
She wants dentures so she can take happy photographs with her sons, Bradley, 10, and Louis, 9.
"They would be able to look at them in years to come when I'm not there and remember me like that," she said.