Mum Shelagh Deverson loses remote to control childbirth-like headaches
woman who needs a remote to control "indescribable" pain has
appealed for its safe return.
Shelagh Deverson, 39, is one of just 0.1% of the
population who suffer from chronic cluster headaches, which
produces pain so severe it is said to be worse than childbirth.
Last year she had a rare operation to put an implant in her
head, attached to a battery-style device in her chest.
But without her remote control Shelagh, of Nixon Avenue,
Ramsgate, can be rolling around on the floor in agony.
She was parted from the £750 device - in a handbag - when she
was waiting for a bus stop at the multi-storey car park in Ramsgate
at 2.30pm yesterday.
Shelagh, pictured, left the bag at the stop as she
boarded a bus and, when she returned in panic moments later, it had
When she contacted the police and Stagecoach bus company neither
could help reunite her with the remote.
The unemployed mum said: "The pain feels like someone's hacking
your head with an ice pick that isn't sharp enough: it's like
drilling all my teeth at the same time."
Shelagh, who has a 14-year-old daughter Abigail, had a
four-hour operation at King's Hospital in London on December 15
It was to fit an occipital nerve stimulator and implant. It
works similar to a Tens pain control machine, with the implant in
her head connected to a box on her chest that acts as a
The remote control, pictured left, helps alleviate the
excruciating headaches that can hit anything up to four times each
The operation brought an end to 12 years of agonising pain.
Shelagh said: "Without this I am literally on the floor rolling
about backwards and forwards."
Shelagh's remote was in a black satchel-style bag, with a black
and silver handbag charm on the front pocket.
The device is black and has four to five buttons and is in a
case with a black clip.
Shelagh said: "It would be a miracle to have that back. I don't
care about the money - I don't care about anything else in that
bag. I just want that remote."
She said she would be happy to offer a small reward. Anyone
with information should ring Shelagh on 01843 599792.
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