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Stranger's life-changing gift for Lyme disease sufferer

DREAM COME TRUE: Caloundra teen Jaimie Joblin is fighting lyme disease and has been given a life-changing gift from a complete stranger.
DREAM COME TRUE: Caloundra teen Jaimie Joblin is fighting lyme disease and has been given a life-changing gift from a complete stranger. Che Chapman

LYME disease sufferer Jaimie Joblin's life has changed thanks to the power of the media and a generous stranger.

Earlier this week the Daily featured a story on the 19-year-old Caloundra woman, who has spent half her life fighting the chronic condition.

The Daily's editor Jenna Cairney received a phone call from a man, who wished to remain anonymous, offering to buy Jaimie the electric wheelchair she requires to improve her quality of life.

Jaimie is unable to walk due to complications from lyme disease and an electric wheelchair, valued at $8500, will allow her simple freedoms like joining her family for a walk or getting to medical appointments with more ease than her current manual wheelchair allows.

"I am in complete shock that a stranger would do such an amazing thing for me," Jaimie said when the Daily contacted her about the donation.

"I never knew people like this existed - I don't even know what to say.

"Thank you for helping me - I wasn't expecting that at all, I am speechless.

"It is completely life-changing."

The Coast teen has been fighting chronic late-stage neuroboreliosis (lyme disease) and numerous co-infections as well as chronic illnesses including trigeminal neuralgia, fibro myalgia, tachycardia, dysautonomia, gastroparesis, arthritis and asthma.

Every day for the past nine years has had the once vibrant girl decline to a point where every day is filled with severe pain, nausea and vomiting, dizziness and vertigo, and potentially dangerous heart issues while also struggling with mental health problems, complicated by the lyme symptoms and effects.

Jaimie now spends many of her days bed-ridden and when she feels up to venturing outdoors, is often confined to her backyard where she can do some crocheting and craft activities.

She was only diagnosed in September last year by a doctor in Sydney and she wants Sunshine Coast residents to learn more about lyme, a disease not recognised in Australia and therefore only treated by a select few doctors.

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