An extremely vulnerable woman with debilitating medical conditions, including epilepsy and severe arthritis, almost starved to death after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) stopped her disability benefits, it has been reported.
Alice (not her real name) became so unwell that she developed a life-threatening disease that is usually only seen in the worlds poorest countries; suffering with a health condition more associated with war zones, famine, and concentration camps – Refeeding Syndrome.
Wikipedia describes the disease as a “syndrome consisting of metabolic disturbances that occur as a result of reinstitution of nutrition to patients who are starved, severely malnourished or metabolically stressed due to severe illness.”
It continues: “When too much food and/or liquid nutrition supplement is consumed during the initial four to seven days of refeeding, this triggers synthesis of glycogen, fat and protein in cells, to the detriment of serum concentrations of potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Cardiac, pulmonary and neurological symptoms can be signs of refeeding syndrome. The low serum minerals, if severe enough, can be fatal.”
Source: Disabled woman nearly starved to death after her benefits were stopped : Welfare Weekly