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Mum-of-three claims she is going blind after drinking 28 cans of Red Bull a day

Published 03/08/2015 | 20:15

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A mother of three has claimed she is going blind after drinking up to 28 cans of Red Bull a day.

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It is understood Lena Lupari ballooned to 26 stone after spending almost £6,000 every year on the high-calorie energy drink.

The 26-year-old told how she was unaware of the damage she was doing until she collapsed in June.

Doctors discovered the mother-of-three had developed a condition known as Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) which they said was a result of her being overweight.

She claimed she would consume up to 28 cans of the energy drink while looking after her children.

"I used to drink 28 cans of Red Bull in a day and I'd only have a meal at night but it would usually be something fast-food like a takeaway or a packet of pasta.

"I've got three young children, one with special needs, and didn't have time to make anything.

"I'd been suffering from migraines and headaches for about five years but I just ignored them and took painkillers.

"Then my vision went and I couldn't even lift my head off the bed and I ended up in hospital for six days", she told the Daily Mail.

Since the Co Antrim woman was hospitalised on June 18 she has entirely cut Red Bull from her diet and lost two stone.

Doctors warned Ms Lupari to lose seven stone in order to keep the symptoms at bay and she wants the NHS to help her lose the extra five stone that will prevent the need for medical treatment..

She said: "I don't want a gastric band or surgery but I think they should offer help for someone with this and to motivate them - something like a boot camp.

"Losing the weight doesn't mean it will go away forever but it means I won't need surgery."

Red Bull have not commented on the woman's claims.

Belfast Telegraph

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