THE desperate family of a cancer-stricken mum fighting for survival at a private clinic in Germany says they have run out of money and pride.
Sally Major’s husband Liam says he is now begging to save his wife’s life and needs to raise at least £9,000 by Thursday if they are to stay longer at the Hallwang Clinic near Stuttgart.
With all finances drained and their asbestos removal and surveying company £12,000 overdrawn, they can not stay or go says Mr Major. The couple has already sold the family car, remortgaged their home and borrowed from family, friends and the bank.
“I have never been so desperate so quickly, please please please I beg anything anyone can give, or loan we will try to repay as soon as we can, please help me, help us and our kids.”
Last week’s round of treatments at the Hallwang Clinic cost the family £22,500 which was £13,000 more than expected. They have already run up bills of more than £210,000 so far for the cutting-edge therapies that are not available in England on the NHS, around £70k of which was from donations and events.
Even when the latest bill is paid off, the family who have four children will still need a further £25,000 every three weeks for the foreseeable future.
Mr Major added: “Unless we get at least £9,000 together by Thursday we will quite literally have nowhere to go. Sally can barely stand for a second, has lost all muscle mass and we’re not able to get her home. Equally we can’t afford to stay here so have no option, there’s no plan G.”
He added: “I am literally begging, I can’t let my wife and amazing mum of my kids deteriorate, suffer and ultimately pass while knowing there’s treatment available that works. It’s criminal, devastating and unbelievable, almost barbaric. Unfortunately the NHS will not offer the treatment at present, we are desperately working with our MP to change this but we don’t have the beauty of time to wait, we need to fill the gap. We’ve drained our personal finances, maxed our credit, sold car, remortgaged, the business is currently £12,000 overdrawn.
“We have no more options for money, nothing, done. We can’t stay, we can’t go.”
Mrs Major, 33 who has advanced bowel cancer, had previously been told to prepare for death in the UK after doctors at Airedale Hospital sent in a palliative care team to ask how she wanted to spend her final few weeks.
Determined not to give up hope, the family put her care in the hands of German clinicians and since then Mr Majors says his wife’s tumour markers have halved and they have been seeing some other “pretty amazing results.”
The couple’s world was turned upside down in May 2015 when Mrs Major was diagnosed with her cancer, having been told for four years she was suffering irritable bowel syndrome. She had visited doctors 12 times complaining about aches and pains but by the time the cancer was diagnosed her bowel was obstructed by a massive tumour. Emergency surgery was carried out but the disease had spread.
A bout of peritonitis and a sepsis attack meant Mrs Major could not have the oral chemotherapy she needed to keep fighting the cancer in the UK. Part of her treatment in Germany has involved an infusion programme involving the Anti-EPCAM antibody, not approved in the UK.
Mr Major said there are lots of fundraising events coming up which the family is so grateful for but they can not get the money in quick enough.
“We had some really amazing, selfless people including people we’ve never met donate £1000 instead of going on holiday, anonymous donations and the the help we get from everyone we know. We could sell our house and maybe have £50k of equity but can’t quick enough and owe that in personal loans and need something to get the business back up to pay the bills and feed us all when we get home. Pride has gone, we are desperate.”
To help, go to youcaring.com/sallymajor.
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