A woman who almost died because of a severe bowel condition has become a champion bodybuilder and proudly shows off her colostomy bag in competition.
Zoey Wright, 22, was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, which causes the colon and rectum to become inflamed, after she lost two stone in just four weeks and felt constantly weak.
She suffered with chronic fatigue and recurring diarrhoea for two years and spent a month in hospital at one point when it was feared her bowel could perforate and cause death.
In November 2014, Zoey, from Penryn, Cornwall, had ileostomy surgery and had a colostomy bag fitted on the outside of her body.
Since then, the former sports rehab student has gone on to win her first bodybuilding competition and qualify for the world championships.
She won Best Figure and Best Body Transformation at the Pure Elite event in Middlesex and wasn’t afraid to pose proudly with her colostomy bag.
On her Instagram page, Zoey wrote: “Well guys and girls.. I’ve only gone and done it!! World championship here I come!
“I’m still on cloud 9. I’ve hardly slept. I’m feeling so overwhelmed… is this a dream!?”
Before the competition, she wrote on her blog: “I’m not going to sugar coat it, preparing for a bodybuilding competition is tough for any normal person, but when you live with a chronic Illness as well it’s a nightmare.
“It’s time to show the world that having a chronic illness doesn’t have to stop you from achieving.”
(Pictures: South West News Service)