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A widower has become the first Briton ever to be diagnosed with an ultra-rare disease after she regurgitated seven pints of vomit that looked like coffee grains.
Doctors initially believed Mary McIntosh, 79, had suffered a heart attack when she complained of chest pains during a GP visit.
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She was quickly taken to hospital where she spewed out 'coffee ground vomitus' - a name given due to the colour of the liquid.
Ms McIntosh is the first documented person in England to suffer from ischmeic oesophagus - a condition so rare it has only affected only 131 people across the world in the past 50 years.
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Doctors' limited knowledge of the disease meant Ms McIntosh was given no treatment for a week.
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Ms McIntosh, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, said: 'They had no idea because they have never come across it.
'I think it is just something that happens and they don't know why, at first I just thought I was having heartburn from something I ate.
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'It was funny because the doctors kept taking pictures of my sick and going through it because they'd never seen anything like it before.'
Mistaken for a heart attack
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Ms McIntosh's, a retired factory worker, ordeal began when she visited her local GP surgery for routine blood tests on May 2.
During the test, she started getting chest pains and was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack.
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The widowed mother-of-three was sent to Royal Oldham Hospital where examinations of her oesophagus revealed she had the condition.
Doctors then set about trying to contact people from around the world to find out more about the disorder....
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