A woman who has a syndrome that causes her to smell of rotten fish said it is like “living with a death sentence”.

Paula Thomas, 45, from Bristol, has Trimethylaminuria (TMAU), which prevents the body from breaking down materials found in certain foods.

Mrs Thomas said she missed school plays to avoid being in crowded places, had been made to get off buses, and felt racially abused because of her smell.

There is no cure for TMAU but avoiding certain foods may lessen the symptoms.

Paula said the smell was with her every day but on some days or for part of a day the odour could be less intense.

“It’s like living with a death sentence – I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, it’s that bad,” she

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