Beverley Pickorer’s shocking appearance shows the devastating damage years of chronic alcohol abuse have taken as she is slowly dying from liver disease.
Beverley’s body has been ravaged by alcohol abuse. Mother of 4, she faces certain death from liver disease at the age of 35.
She is racked by epileptic seizures and her ravaged body shows the damage inflicted by years of heavy drinking.
The shocking images emerged as her partner Anthony Howard begs for Beverley to be allowed to die at home in Parson Cross, Sheffield, rather than spend her last days in a nearby care home.
Beverley has been drink-dependent for years – at her worst she was downing up to 24 cans of lager plus a bottle of perry in the morning, then visiting the pub, then drinking as many as 16 cans when she returned home.
Her four children have all been taken into care.
Beverley has spent the last eight months receiving palliative care at Haythorne Place Care Home, in Shiregreen, where most other residents are elderly pensioners.
Partner Anthony said: “I’ve been looking after my partner for five-and-a-half years, and she’s constantly been in and out of hospital with liver cirrhosis. She’s the youngest person in this care home. All she can do every day now is stay in bed. The staff come and turn her every two hours.”
Anthony said Beverley’s drinking problems started in her early 20s, during a series of troubled relationships.
He said: “When I met her I took her drinking as part of her, it’s something I got used to. When she got up and had a can in her hand straightaway, I got immune to it. To her it was like having a cup of tea.”
“We made an agreement that when she dies she would die in my arms at home, but the NHS has said it would be too expensive to care for her at home. They would have to pay for one carer and a nurse. She’s on a syringe driver to stop her having seizures. But Beverley wants to die at home and I don’t think you can deny a person that.”
Kevin Clifford, chief nurse for NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, said,
“We work with the family to offer them a range of solutions, and endeavour to offer a care package that is in the best interests of the patient and agreeable to the family.”