Ulcerative Colitis

Woman with bowel condition mortified to be told she was ‘scaring the children’ by swimming in her colostomy bag

Written By STEPHEN MATTHEWS FOR MAILONLINE

A woman who wears a colostomy bag due to a chronic bowel condition claims she was humiliated by a stranger while she was swimming.

Jade Hughes, 23, from Tiverton, Devon, was told by another swimmer that her bag – which she has to wear – was scaring the children and ‘wasn’t appropriate’.

She was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis – a long-term condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed – when she was just 17.

But after years of waking up in the middle of the night in agonising pain – she made the decision to have part of her bowel removed.

This was replaced with a pouch, known as an ileostomy bag – which she hoped would give her a new lease of life to exercise again.

Jade Hughes, 23, from Devon, had a ileostomy bag fitted this year after battling ulcerative colitis. She was hurt when a woman said her bag wasn't appropriate to swim in and scared the children at the pool
Jade Hughes, 23, from Devon, had a ileostomy bag fitted this year after battling ulcerative colitis. She was hurt when a woman said her bag wasn’t appropriate to swim in and scared the children at the pool

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