A 31-YEAR-OLD woman who was told she will not reach 40 if she does not lose weight is asking complete strangers to help pay for her gastric bypass surgery.
Mother-of-one Amy Murray weighs more than 27 stone and says she desperately needs to undergo the life-changing procedure.
The morbidly obese woman says her weight gets in the way of everything, including caring for her three-year-old daughter Evie, who has autism.
However it emerged that the 27-stone mum is preparing to head off on a fancy cruise next month.
She admitted that she and her husband initially had two cruises booked but that she was unable to cancel one of them.
She said: "My husband Andrew received some inheritence money early last year. We booked two cruises one next month and one for September.
"But when it became clear the NHS weren't going to give me the band we tried to cancel both but were only allowed to cancel the second one. We can't get the money back on the first one."
Ms Murray was referred to a weight-loss support group 18 months ago and ordered to lose one-and-a-half stone before she could have the operation.
But she claims that when she did, she was then told by medics she should carry on losing the weight naturally.
The gastric bypass surgery, which helps people lose weight by making the stomach smaller, costs around £10,000.
Ms Murray and husband Andrew, 36, have saved around £3,000 towards the £10,000 she needs to have the procedure privately.
They have now set up a Go Fund Me appeal online asking for donations to help raise the rest.
On her Go Fund Me page, she claims she was “fobbed off” by medics who insisted she try and lose weight naturally and says she is terrified she could be dead before she's 40 after speaking to her doctor.
In an emotional video, Ms Murray admits that her obesity is completely her fault and that she is embarrassed to be asking for help.
She said: "I'm embarrassed that I've had to ask strangers for donations for surgery - it's not something that I want to do but I need to do it. I will be dead by the time I'm 40 if I carry on the way that I am, and it was terrifying to be told that in nine years I may not be here.
"I'm fully aware that this is my fault, I've done this to myself - I know that and I wish I hadn't but here I am.
"I want to see my daughter grow up and live a life with my husband."
Ms Murray has struggled with her weight since she was a child and her unhealthy lifestyle and lack of exercise followed into her teens and adulthood.
As well as being overweight, she is also disabled because of problems with the discs in her back and other health conditions.
She says her obesity can be painful and makes it difficult for her to move and get around, but it's the inability to look after Evie the way she wants to that hurts the most.
Ms Murray added: "My daughter has autism, she needs round-the-clock care and attention and I can't give her that.
"The weight gets in the way of everything - I can't take her for walks or play with her, it's heartbreaking.
"I did eat unhealthily, but I've changed. I was a chocoholic and would skip breakfast and lunch, then in the evening when my daughter went to bed I'd binge on takeaways and crisps and chocolate. I'm now eating more healthily.
"I know it's my fault, and a lot of people won't understand - they will just say I need to diet or stop eating. I don't want to be like this, but it's not that easy - if it was I wouldn't be in this position.
"I just want to be around as long as possible for my family."