Mum 'nearly died' after secretly buying £75 skinny jab online after years of ex branding her 'fat'

Victoria Boyd, 38, was rushed to hospital after injecting herself with a 'skinny jab' bought online
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A mum claims she nearly died after buying a £75 'skinny jab' due to years of fat-shaming by her ex-partner - going 'behind her new hubby's back' to buy it from Facebook. Victoria Boyd was rushed to hospital severely dehydrated days after injecting herself with a 'skinny jab' she'd bought over the social media platform from a tattoo parlour.

The 38-year-old claims she'd been in an abusive relationship for a decade before she began dating her now-husband Pete Boyd five years ago. The mum-of-four says her former partner, who has since passed away, made her 'hate herself' - leading to issues with her self-esteem and body image.

So when the mum, who lives in Walker, Newcastle, booked a family holiday to Turkey, she decided to look for a quick fix to shed a few pounds. Victoria stumbled upon a tattoo parlour's Facebook page that she says advertised injectables proclaiming to help suppress people's appetite and consequently lose weight fast. Despite Pete always telling her she looks 'perfect', Victoria admits she 'went behind his back' and paid £75 for a batch of ten jabs to be administered once a week - injecting her first pre-mixed jab into her stomach on April 10.

Husband and wife Peter Boyd, 38, and Victoria Boyd, 38, with Victoria's children McKenzie Loan, 14, Hollie May Boyd, 12, and Caitlyn Dixon, 17
Husband and wife Peter Boyd, 38, and Victoria Boyd, 38, with Victoria's children McKenzie Loan, 14, Hollie May Boyd, 12, and Caitlyn Dixon, 17 -Credit:Kennedy News and Media

However, within hours of Victoria using the 'skinny jab', she began vomiting - and continued to be sick continuously for 48 hours before dialling 999. The stay-at-home mum was rushed to hospital where medics told her her 'kidneys were failing' - and she was lucky to be alive.

Victoria said: "I saw it on Facebook on a tattoo parlour's page saying they had 'skinny jabs' for sale and saw all the results. I thought maybe this could be me. I just thought I wanted to be skinny. I had a holiday coming up and wanted to lose a bit of weight.

"I was in an abusive relationship before I met my husband where I used to get called fat and ugly. My husband always says I look perfect but I went behind his back and bought it. I'm very funny about my body. My ex-partner just body-shamed me that much that I started to hate myself. I wanted to lose weight for my holiday but also for myself.

"Every time I looked in the mirror I felt fat, ugly and disgusting. I look at myself now and cry. It's hard when someone has told you for 10 years that you're fat, you can't get that out of your head."

Victoria Boyd, 38, was rushed to hospital after injecting herself with a 'skinny jab' bought online
Victoria Boyd, 38, was rushed to hospital after injecting herself with a 'skinny jab' bought online -Credit:Kennedy News and Media

After using the 'skinny jab', Victoria was vomiting for two days and rang for an ambulance after her heart rate spiked to 225bpm. Victoria said: "I was alright at first but then I started feeling sleepy. I woke up at 2am the next morning and started being sick. I thought I was going to die. I couldn't stop being sick.

"I had to tell my husband what I'd done. He was so shocked. He said 'why Vicky? You're perfect'. But I didn't feel perfect. I rang the hospital because I couldn't take it anymore. They rushed me straight in. My heart rate was 225bpm. I was thinking what have I done? I knew it was to do with these jabs."

Victoria was admitted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for three days where doctors informed her she was 'on the verge of dying'. The experience has led Victoria to warn off any others considering using a 'skinny jab' after nearly losing her life.

Victoria said: "I was severely dehydrated. My kidneys were damaged, they said the toxins in my blood were high. They were really concerned about my heart rate. I really felt like I was dying. I couldn't walk, I was that weak. It was so scary.

"The doctor told me I've been very lucky. They told me I was on the verge of dying. I felt so guilty I'd done this to myself. I didn't start eating properly until two weeks later. I could only manage baby portions. I'd tell anyone even thinking about buying one of these not to do it. I feel so ashamed. I was just thinking in my head this would fix how I look and I can be normal.

Husband and wife Peter Boyd, 38, and Victoria Boyd, 38
Husband and wife Peter Boyd, 38, and Victoria Boyd, 38 -Credit:Kennedy News and Media

"It's not worth risking your life over. You could be unlucky and lose your life. My kids could've lost their mum over this stupid needle. I feel lucky to be alive."

A Facebook spokesperson said it did not allow the sale of pharmaceutical drugs on its platforms and it removed violating accounts when it becomes aware of them. It claims to remove content about weight loss that contains a miracle claim and attempts to buy, sell, trade, donate or gift weight loss products, while content related to weight loss products is restricted for under-18s. It claimed to be constantly working to get better at detection and urged people to report anything they think violates its policies, so it could review it and take action.