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'A Tick Bite While Visiting Pandas In China Ruined My Life'

Tuesday 3 July 2018


From UK newspaper the Lancashire Post:


Sophie Ward
Sophie Ward visiting the pandas in Beijing at the age of 14

'A tick bite while visiting pandas in China ruined my life'

By Aasma Day
Sunday 01 July 2018
©2018 Johnston Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

Sophie Ward was a champion swimmer on the cusp of following her Olympic dream - but her life took a massive downward plunge when she became plagued with a multitude of health issues that baffled doctors.

She tells AASMA DAY her story and how she was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease caused by a tick bite while visiting the pandas in China.

Visiting the pandas in China was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a 14-year-old Sophie Ward enjoyed stroking the giant creature and watching it happily chew on bamboo.

Little did Sophie realise what a deep and lasting impact that trip would have on her life as she now believes that’s when she suffered a tick bite which led to deadly Lyme disease which went undiagnosed for nine years.

Sophie, now 24, who lives in Garstang, was a champion swimmer destined for the Olympics – until her world was turned upside down by a tick bite.


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