Ellie James
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Woman smelling of sewage raises awareness of condition

A woman who suffers from a syndrome which causes her to smell of "rotten garbage" and "sewage" says she wants to educate people about the condition.

Ellie James, 44, from Abingdon in Oxfordshire, has the rare condition known as Trimethylaminuria (TMAU), which prevents the body from breaking down materials found in certain foods.

She told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "I have been verbally attacked on public transport... and I've left a couple of jobs because of it."

"You can't often smell yourself - you're relying on other people's reactions. You don't know what on earth is going on."

  • 07 Apr 2014