Woman tells how ectopic pregnancy made her go completely bald in less than a week

(Picture: PA Real Life/ Emma Holmes)

Emma Holmes, 40, had a burst appendix when she was 16 which damaged her reproductive organs.

So it came as a surprise when the former teacher from Redcar, North Yorkshire, became pregnant in 2009.

Unfortunately though, she began bleeding heavily and was quickly diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy where the embryo is fertilised outside the womb.

Emma had to have keyhole surgery and have her fallopian tube removed meaning the pregnancy could not be saved.

She said that her parents were wonderful during the time and it was her mum who’d initially spotted the hair loss.

‘Mum looked over at me one day and noticed that there was hair all over my shoulders and on my jumper.

‘I thought it seemed odd but didn’t think too much about it. Then I got into bath and that’s when I realised that something was terribly wrong.

‘It was utterly terrifying. My hair was just coming out in handfuls and I couldn’t stop it.’

(Picture: PA Real Life/ Emma Holmes)

Though Emma now works as a cosmetic tattooist to help others cope with hair loss, it took her a long time to accept her condition.

‘When my hair started falling out I didn’t go out of the house for weeks and weeks,’ she said.

Emma stopped working and only left the house to visit the doctors to try to find out what was happening to her.

Blood tests were taken, but no definite answer could be given about why her hair had fallen out so dramatically and in such a short space of time.

‘I never really got an answer,’ said Emma.

‘The doctors just said that it was probably to do with a sudden change in my hormone levels after they removed my fallopian tube. Knowing that didn’t make it any better though.’

(Picture: PA Real Life/ Emma Holmes)

Emma began wearing a wig to cover her head and had her eyebrows inked on after stumbling across cosmetic tattooing.

‘The tattoo was terrible and I cried and cried afterward, thinking to myself, “I could do a better job than this”.’

Retiring from her job as teacher for good, Emma enrolled on a six-month training course to become a tattoo technician in 2011 at the Finishing Touches school in West Sussex.

‘For a woman, losing your hair is absolutely terrible. I know what you go through and it’s horrible, so now I want to help other people who are trying to deal with this as much as I can.’

(Picture: PA Real Life/ Emma Holmes)

Eating a fully organic diet and having scalp injections which push a steroid under the skin promoting hair growth, Emma’s hair has even started to grow back, albeit very finely.

She no longer requires a wig and she says that now, after all those years of anguish, she finally feels comfortable in her own skin again.

She has treated thousands of people who come to her for a range of reasons but who, like her, want something to help restore their self-esteem.

‘I tell people who come to me for treatment, “you will survive this”. I hate the saying “time is the best healer”, but it’s really true – things do get better.’

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