Raworth Lyme disease sufferer Tahlia Smith arrives home after treatment in Europe

RESTING:  Tahlia Smith is back home after Lyme disease treatment in Europe.
RESTING: Tahlia Smith is back home after Lyme disease treatment in Europe.

Tahlia Smith has arrived home after two months of treatment for Lyme disease in Europe.

People across the Hunter have been following the Raworth woman’s battle against the tick-borne disease, which recently took her to the other side of the world to Germany in search of treatment.

Ms Smith announced on social media last week that she had been given the all-clear to fly home to Australia on December 29, but that she planned to break up the ­journey.

She arrived home on Friday.

Her father, Brett, told the Mercury on Sunday that it had been a long trip.

“Tahls is extremely exhausted and in need of a well-deserved rest,” he said.

Last week, Ms Smith took to social media to thank her friends, family and everyone who has supported her in her battle against Lyme disease so far.

“I have a long road ahead of me back in Oz with treatment including a very strict protocol from Germany/Switzerland/Serbia that I must follow,” she posted on Facebook.

“So although the road ahead will be long, it surely has to be better than what I have endured.”

The federal government does not fund treatment for the condition and some doctors refuse to acknowledge its existence in Australia.

Ms Smith had to raise $100,000 to access treatment in Europe.


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