Dad diagnosed with rare illness after knee injury

Lynn Cunningham, 46, and her daughter Ana, eleven, take part in a mile long sponsored swim for Tim Nicholson. L-R are Joy Allen, 45, Lynn's carer and colleague, Tim Nicholson, 48, wife Joanne Nicholson, 39, both of Warmsworth, Lynn Cunningham, 46, and daughter Ana. Picture: Liz Mockler D9121LM
Lynn Cunningham, 46, and her daughter Ana, eleven, take part in a mile long sponsored swim for Tim Nicholson. L-R are Joy Allen, 45, Lynn's carer and colleague, Tim Nicholson, 48, wife Joanne Nicholson, 39, both of Warmsworth, Lynn Cunningham, 46, and daughter Ana. Picture: Liz Mockler D9121LM
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A MINOR work injury has left a builder suffering from a rare illness which leaves him in constant agony.

Tim Nicholson twisted his knee at work and underwent a trouble free operation at Doncaster Royal Infrimary to remove cartilage.

However, the father-of-two has now been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a malfunction of the nervous system which the NHS says affects around 11.500 people in the UK.

It is thought that the illness is the same as that suffered by Wheatley Hills teenager Amy Kennedy.

Mr Nicholson’s wife Joanne, 39, of Pamela Drive, Warmsworth, said: “He has got pain 24/7, just to have his trousers on is very painful. “It is a condition that nobody has heard of that anybody can get from a paper cut or spraining your ankle.

“Even just to have a breeze blow on his leg, it causes him pain. It is one of the most horrible things ever.”

Mrs Nicholson said her husband’s condition had made family life difficult with him unable to play with daughter Lauren, 11, and son Connor, seven.

“For your children to come home and say ‘we just want our daddy back to how he used to be’ is just rubbish,” she added.

Now family and friends have joined forces to raise £15,000 to send Mr Nicholson to the same Texan clinic Amy is hoping to attend for treatment.

The total includes £7,000 for a pain relief machine which can be used at home.

Among those to dive in has been disabled mum Lynn Cunningham, and daughter Ana, 11, of Lords Close, Edlington, who completed a mile swim at the town’s baths.

The 46-year-old contracted meningitis as a child which left her with a club foot and having to undergo numerous operations throughout her life. The swim has so far raised around £500.

Ms Cunningham, who works in St Leger Homes’ call centre, said: “It is the only kind of sport that I could do because I walk with crutches and I’m a wheelchair user.

“I have never done anything like this before and we just wanted to help him get the treatment and the machine as much as we could.”

Wheatley Hills teenager Amy and her family are hoping to visit America for threatment after generous folk helped raise £50,000 last year.