19-year-old Aimee Rouski was just 15 when she was admitted to hospital for seven months to go through three major surgeries, each taking between 13 and 15 hours each.
As a severe sufferer of Crohn’s disease – a form of inflammatory bowel disease that effects the entire digestive system – Aimee had been in a horrendous amount of pain due to her Crohn’s causing open wounds, multiple mouth ulcers, constant stomach cramps and fatigue.
‘I’d had severe Crohn’s for a very long time and wasn’t responding to any medicinal treatments,’ Aimee tells Metro.co.uk.
‘Eventually, I got so bad that surgery was the only way to save me.’
Aimee underwent surgery for an ileostomy – where her small bowel was brought to the outside of her abdomen and covered with an ilestomy bag which collects waste – and reconstituted surgery on her backside.