Anorexic woman weighed just 4 stone and given 48 hours to live shares harrowing photos

, by Laura Ikeji

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES Gemma Walker was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and bulimia aged 14



Painful: Gemma Walker has been close to death due to her eating disorder

An anorexic woman who weighed just FOUR stone and was given 48 hours to live has shared harrowing photos of her illness after a miraculous recovery.

When Gemma Walker was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and bulimia aged 14, doctors warned she would die without treatment.

The teen weighed a tiny 29kg, or 4.5 stone, forcing her devastated parents to consider palliative care.

Over the next seven years, Gemma was admitted to hospital three times - one emergency care and two long term psychiatric and re-feeding admissions.


Share: Gemma posted the images online in a bid to help others

Now 22, she is celebrating six months of recovery and the launch of her new business selling beauty

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Last week she shared shocking photos of her skeletal form to warn other people battling eating disorders.

Gemma, from Gold Coast, Australia, said: "It's hard for me to look back at the photos, not so much how I physically looked but more so the feelings.

"I look at each photo and remember exactly how I was feeling, or what was behind that photograph.

"I felt numb, the days just melted into each other and I wished each day by, hoping that I would just pass peacefully in my sleep. My family and I were ready to let me pass."


Anguish: The shocking images show the young woman looking skeletal


Horrific: She also self harmed as this brutal image shows

Gemma's dad Steve revealed still seeing pictures of his daughter at her worst brings back the pain and constant anguish he saw.

He said: "They were the hardest and most terrifying years of our lives, checking on her each morning to see if she was still breathing, to see if her weak heart was still beating.

"Some nights we would just sit on the floor by her bed, just to be with her, there was nothing else we could do."

The severely depressed girl would trick doctors to think she was gaining weight by wearing gym weights and began to self-harm to cope with the pain.


Ordeal: At her lowest she weighed around 4.5 stone


Transformation: Gemma is unrecognisable after tackling her problem

And when Gemma finally took steps to recovery she found she struggled with binge eating and suffered from 'refeeding syndrome'.

The desperate teen would consume 6,500 calories in just 20 minutes causing her to pass out and experience hallucinations.

She added: "My recovery was very traumatic. My weight gain was very rapid, in less than seven months I put on 40 kilograms, tripling my body weight, however I was at my worst mentally.