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Jesus central in my life, says mother of 100 bone fractures family

Sat 17 Sep 2016
By Alex Williams

A Christian mother who revealed she and her two daughters have suffered more than 100 bone fractures combined, including a broken spine, says faith is a "central part" of her life and she has never regretted being born.

Jill Williams from Worthing in West Sussex and her 21 year old twin daughters, Lizzie and Anna, live with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease.

Lizzie (pictured left above), who is now a wheelchair racer and hopes to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, has endured 60 fractures, while Jill has suffered 40 and Anna has experienced 15.

Jill told Premier Christian Radio: "Having a Christian faith is a central part of my life. There have been times when God has intervened directly to safeguard me from potentially serious injury, and for this I will always be grateful."

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Only learning to walk unaided when she was 16 years old, Jill was regularly in and out of hospital when she was younger, averaging around four fractures a year.

Since entering her 40s, Jill's condition has deteriorated as her bone density has fall, and she keeps a wheelchair available on standby. 

The 56 year old added: "There has never been a point in my life where I wish I had not been born. In fact, people with a brittle bone disease tend to have a real desire to achieve."

Her daughter, Lizzie required a major four-hour operation when she was 17 to insert metal rods and screws into her back after doctors discovered a spinal fracture had gone undetected for seven years.

Speaking about learning at the age of 16 she had broken her back when she was nine, Lizzie said: "I'd taken a tumble in my living room.

"It had always hurt, but I only learnt it was broken after a scan at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London which I'd had after complaining of pains."

Brittle bone disease is a hereditary condition affecting around one in 15,000 people in the UK and it can affect sufferers to different degrees.

Explaining how brittle bones has affected her at university where she is studying nutrition, Anna said: "It's hard to explain to people why I'm always in and out of hospital. I worry about what they think.

"Being able to moan about aches and pains with Lizzie is nice. She has a strong and fierce attitude, which helped her live with her back pain."

Jill, Lizzie and Anna have been sharing about living with brittle bone disease after returning earlier this year from a surprise trip to New York, organised by the charity Dreams Come True.

Jill said: "Lizzie asked me if I could go anywhere in the world, where I'd go, and I said New York and Niagara Falls in Canada.

"A few months later, the twins surprised me by revealing that they'd applied to Dreams Come True and were to make my dream a reality this June."

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