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Friday, 25 August, 2000, 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK
Electricity allergy 'incurable'
Electricity pylon
An allergy to electricity is very rare
A woman who is allergic to electricity has been told that her condition cannot be cured.

Doctors have told 78-year-old Christine Moody that they can do nothing to stop the pain she experiences when she comes into contact with electricity.

Mrs Moody, from Southdown near Bath, has suffered from the allergy for 20 years.

She developed the unusual condition after being in a violent electric storm while on holiday in Cornwall.

She is so affected by the allergy that she cannot wear a battery-driven watch. Her shoes are specially lined so that she does not feel pain when she steps over underground electric cables.

Even to put my arms up I can feel my sensitivity to electricity

Christine Moody, Bath

Mrs Moody has to wrap up in a survival blanket and wear rubber boots during electric storms to stop the pain from becoming unbearable.

"I have great sensitivity to electricity," she said.

"I find it difficult to walk on pavements because of the underground cables.

"Life is very difficult. Even to put my arms up I can feel my sensitivity to electricity."

Mrs Moody takes homeopathic de-sensitising drops every day, which costs her up to 190 each month.

She has been told by doctors that treatment will only reduce her problems and not cure them.

"I can't get depressed. I try to stay positive and get through one day at a time.

"If I did think about it I would get very depressed."

But Mrs Moody is becoming worried after hearing of plans to erect a telephone mast within a mile of her house.

"I'm very worried because we love the house where we are and I know I will be racked with pain 24 hours a day and housebound."

The 78-year-old is also allergic to chicken, fish, anaesthetic, aspirin, penicillin, bee and wasp stings, nuts, citric acid, and gas.

She has to wear a special medical bracelet every time she leaves the house, in case of a medical emergency.

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