Model refuses to amputate 7st swollen leg after cruel trolls call her ‘deformed’

A disabled fashion model has defied trolls who told her to amputate her leg which adds 7st to her body.

Mahogany Geter, from the US, was born with lymphedema.

This long-term condition causes excess fluid collects in the body’s soft tissue, triggering swelling on her left side.

As a result, the 23-year-old is flooded with "ignorant" comments about the way she looks.

But instead of letting this get her down, she has "had no choice" but to rise above their nastiness.

Mahogany now shows off her disability with empowering photoshoots on Instagram while also raising awareness about her condition on YouTube and other social platforms.

Mahogany, who was diagnosed shortly after being born, can only try to alleviate the pain caused by her condition as there is currently no cure for it.

At its largest, her leg adds 100lb (7st) to her 300lb (21st) total bodyweight.

To minimise the swelling, she has regular physiotherapy and lymphatic drainage massages.

She drinks lots of water to flush out her system and has to avoid salty foods and alcohol.

But unfortunately Mahogany can suffer with flare ups of cellulitis, a painful skin infection caused by the swelling.

This can land her in hospital being monitored as she takes antibiotics.

According to the Mirror, Mahogany said: “It does get frustrating dealing with flare ups because I just want to live my life more freely and it feels like I can’t.

“If I don’t keep on top of my condition I get flare ups.

“It can be overwhelming. When I feel low I take steps now to build myself up.

“I take a break from social media , I listen to music, meditate and definitely talk to my mother because she’s like my therapist.

Despite her difficult journey, Mahogany hasn't given up and is determined to make a name for herself in the fashion industry, with her mum, Timika, supporting her every step of the way.

What is lymphedema?

According to the NHS: "Lymphedema is a long-term (chronic) condition that causes swelling in the body's tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs.

"It develops when the lymphatic system does not work properly. The lymphatic system is a network of channels and glands throughout the body that helps fight infection and remove excess fluid.

"It's important that lymphedema is identified and treated as soon as possible. If it is not treated, it can get worse."

Symptoms include aching, difficulties with movement, repeated skin infections, skin that’s tight or hard, folds developing in skin, wart-like growths developing on skin and fluid leaking through the skin.

If you are concerned you may have lymphedema see your GP for advice.

Mahogany, the eldest of three sisters, said: “My mum was so worried when I was diagnosed but we have got through everything together.

“As a child I never felt pretty, I used to think God had cursed me.

“I felt ugly, like a freak of nature and cried in private so many times.

“Then I decided that I was given this condition because I am emotionally strong and I can handle it.

“Since then I have been learning to accept and celebrate myself.

“I want to inspire other people to celebrate their differences.

“I now believe I am beautiful on the inside and out. I’m proud of what my body can do.”

Cruel trolls try to mock Mahogany with comments telling her to “amputate her leg so she will look better” but she has learnt to ignore them.

Mahogany said: “I have had my fair share of ignorant comments, one person told me my leg looked like a ham roll and one girl at school called me a deformed b***h.

"It has been so hard to rise above these mean people but I have no other choice.

“For the longest I felt so low about myself but once I got older and with loads of support from the online lymphedema community and my mum who is my inspiration, she is so strong, I realised how beautiful I am.

"Not only looks but as a person.

“It means I can try my best to inspire other people to accept themselves and see how beautiful they are.”

On good health days Mahogany likes to stay active with her physiotherapy and creating TikTok and Instagram content on her page lymph.goddess23, where she has over 8,000 followers.

She said: “People have been so nice and supportive of me online. It isn’t all trolling and negativity.

“I have met so many people online who keep me company on this health journey I am on.

“I’m not currently working as I am focusing on getting my leg better.

“I spend a lot of time drawing, listening to music and posting content on my YouTube channel.”

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Mahogany added: “Despite the hard times I honestly feel like I live a normal life.

“I try to be strong and stay focused on my dreams of making it as a model.

“If I ever make it big I want to buy my mother a house and take care of my family, then I’ll do everything I can to raise awareness of lymphedema to pay it back to everyone who has ever shown me kindness.”

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