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Bexleyheath pensioner, 87, hails nutritional supplement after recovering from broken leg

PUBLISHED: 16:20 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:20 15 February 2016

Doreen Mills

Doreen Mills

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Doreen Mills suffered from malnutrition before being introduced to the scientifically formulated drink

A Bexleyheath pensioner has told the story of how a nutritional drink aided her recovery from a broken leg.

Doreen Mills, 87, suffered a serious fall while out shopping in February last year, and spent eight weeks in hospital being treated for her fractured femur.

She lost a considerable amount of weight during her recovery, as she explained: “I was in hospital for almost two months and completely lost my appetite.

“My son told me he was very worried about the amount of weight I was losing.”

During her stay in hospital, a decision was taken by Doreen’s clinical team that she would benefit from an oral nutritional supplement (ONS) to aid her recovery - a scientifically formulated nutritional drink specifically for patients who have, or are at risk of, malnutrition.

“When I left hospital, I was back to eating three very small meals a day, the drink gave me the extra support I needed to help me recover,” she said.

“I just love the taste and I have no problem finishing the two bottles every day.

“I’ve always enjoyed food and I know how important having a well-balanced diet is.

“Sometimes, people like me who are a little more frail need that extra support and this drink has really helped me to feel stronger and get back to doing the things in life I love.

“It’s not until you lose the ability to do the small things in life that you realise you take your independence for granted. ”

While Mrs Mills, a mother of two, can no longer enjoy the gardening she used to prior to the fall, she is slowly becoming more active and has got her life back on track.

“I’m feeling so much stronger since I left hospital,” she said.

“When I first came back home, I had regular carers come to help me with washing myself and cooking, but now I can do it all on my own.

“I can now get in and out of bed and I do most of the housework on my own, using a walking stick when I need to and get the bus into town every week to go to bingo.

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