Victoria Abbott-Fleming qualified as a non-practising barrister and soon after starting law lecturing in 2003, she suffered what seemed a simple accident at work. However, this very quickly turned complex and after 7 months she was diagnosed with CRPS in her right leg. Victoria’s CRPS became therapy resistant and she began to have complex skin complications of the CRPS which included ulceration which lead to total skin breakdown on her right leg.
Victoria was eventually forced to give up working and after almost 3 years doctors decided that her leg needed to be amputated above the knee. The stump took 18 months to fully heal and during that time she needed to have revision surgery to the stump.
Following her first amputation, Victoria suffered with several pneumonias and eventually contracted Swine Flu and five types of pneumonia in both lungs while on holiday in January 2014. After being repatriated back to the UK she was again diagnosed with CRPS in her only leg due to damage to the sciatic nerve. Unfortunately, after 9 months she needed her left leg amputated above the knee due to ulceration and irreversible skin breakdown, leaving her confined to a wheelchair and unable to use prosthetics as a result of the CRPS remaining in her stumps.
As the founder and Chair of a CRPS charity in the UK, Burning Nights CRPS Support, she focuses on representing patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and their families by educating healthcare professionals and the public on the condition. Victoria also regularly contributes to public speaking events as well as conferences and educational programs in the medical and legal arenas.
Her charity has been recognised for their contributions and have been awarded gaining Charity of the Year 2016 and 2018 as well as the WEGO Health Award for Best Team Performance 2019, having beaten over 6,500 institutions worldwide. For Victoria’s contribution to CRPS she was also awarded “Inspirational Woman of the Year 2016” by Aspire magazine.
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