A British woman who is asking strangers to fund her $14,000 weight-loss surgery has defended her decision to take a luxury cruise.
Amy Murray, 31, started a GoFundMe page -- which has since been deleted -- to ask for donations to pay for gastric band surgery. The mother of one from England's Greater Manchester area weighs 378 pounds and worries she might die young.
Murray booked two luxury cruises after her husband Andrew, 36, received an inheritance payment, according to Daily Mail. She says she has canceled one of the cruises and tried to get a refund on the other when she found out Britain's National Health Service wouldn’t pay for her surgery.
Murray claims she can't get a refund for the remaining luxury cruise and that she launched the fundraising campaign after NHS doctors said they wouldn’t perform the operation.
According to Manchester Evening News, her GoFundMe page had raised $495. Murray’s weight-loss support group told her she needed to lose 21 pounds before she could get the surgery. But as soon as she did, the group told her to continue losing the weight naturally.
“I’m embarrassed that I’ve had to ask strangers for donations for surgery -- it’s not something that I want to do but I need to do it,” she says. “I will be dead by the time I’m 40 if I carry on the way that I am, and it was terrifying to be told that in nine years I may not be here. I’m fully aware that this is my fault, I’ve done this to myself and I know that and I wish I hadn’t but here I am."
She says she wants to watch her daughter grow up. Murray says she has struggled with her weight since childhood and into her adulthood. Besides being obese, she is also disabled because of problems with her back and other health issues.
“I did eat unhealthily, but I’ve changed,” says Murray. “I was a chocoholic and would skip breakfast and lunch, then in the evening when my daughter went to bed I’d binge on [takeout] and [chips] and chocolate."
She added, “I know it’s my fault, and a lot of people won’t understand, they will just say I need to diet, or stop eating, I don’t want to be like this, but it’s not that easy, if it was I wouldn’t be in this position.”