23-year-old begs to be taken to Swiss suicide clinic after mystery illness 'caused by tick bite' 11 years earlier

By Kirstin Buick
17 May 2016

Every day is agony for Kirsty. And doctors can't figure out why.

Kirsty Keep was a pretty 23-year-old, with long golden hair and wide almond-shaped eyes. She seems to have her whole life ahead of her.

But she wants to die.

Every day for Kirsty, from Maidstone, Kent in the UK is agony. And doctors can't figure out why.

When she was just 12 years old, Kirsty was bitten by what her mother thought was a tick in her back garden, which swelled to the size of her hand.

When she was 16, Kirsty's face was left paralysed by Bell's palsy, which reportedly feels like a series of electric shocks running through her face, The Sun reports.

Just under two years ago, Kirsty started having seizures.

Since then, the young woman has been in and out of hospital in excruciating pain. A heartbreaking video posted by her mother Theresa on Facebook shows Kirsty lying in a hospital bed, groaning in agony as she sucks in gas and air.

She feels as though her "bones are snapping" and her "muscles ripping", MailOnline reports.

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"Kirsty is getting worse," her helpless mother Theresa said. "She can't take medication as she's vomiting so much, she's tired, she's weak and she wants to die.

"Kirsty is saying it's too much and just take her to Switzerland [where assisted suicide is legal] as she has no faith left"

"I feel like time is running out."

Theresa believes it was the insect bite that caused Kirsty's mystery illness, but the various doctors they have seen over the years are not convinced.

She had been diagnosed with Lupus -- but now a London Lupus specialist says this is not the case.

"[H]e doesn't think she has lupus," Theresa wrote on Kirsty's GoFundMe page, set up to help raise money for her various tests and hospital visits.

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"For 7 years she has been given chemo drugs and lots of other damaging stuff she should never of had."

"I'm so angry!"

The young woman has since been referred to two doctors in Germany, which has given Theresa hope for her daughter.

"The doctor said today Kirsty Keep is a very sick young lady," Theresa updated followers, "and she has to be ready to fight for her life.

"It's going to be a long road ahead of being devoted to sticking to a health plan. She needs to get a bit better before treatment for viruses as she is to weak and wouldn't cope.

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"So let's hope and pray this is the beginning of a better life for Kirsty."

Sources: Metro, Mirror, MailOnline, GoFundMe

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