Dying mum appeals for help getting life-saving cancer treatment

Angela Tattersall, 50, who has aggressive tumours throughout her body, has been given just months to live

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A dying mum has spoken from her hospital bed at The Christie – praising the care she has received but also appealing for help to save her life.

Angela Tattersall, 50, who has aggressive tumours throughout her body, has been given just months to live.

Her last chance is a pioneering treatment only available to her in Germany. Her family and friends have set up a page to raise the £100,000 she needs.

At first, Angela was reluctant to appeal to the public for money. But made redundant from her job as a research manager and unable to self-fund, she feels she has no choice if she wants to buy vital time with her husband, sons and grandchildren.

Speaking to the MEN from a ward at The Christie, where she has been an inpatient for the last three weeks, the grandmother-of-four from Stockport, said: “I want to thank The Christie, and say that you need to support this hospital after the fire, all that vital research and data gone. This place is a powerhouse, the best in the country and it’s here.

“Being treated here has meant extra time with my family, it’s given me four years I wouldn’t have had.

Angela with husband Robert and son’s Kyle and Calum (Photo: Manchester Evening news)
“Right now I am dying, there’s no other way of saying it. But I hope to God I can get a future with my family as well. And for that, I need to go to the clinic in Germany.”

She added: “I’ve been positive all this time for my family, it’s been so hard for them. But the cancer has found a way round treatment. My good days are so few and far between.”

When Angela began experiencing back pain in 2013, doctors initially thought she had sciatica, a nerve condition.

But medics at The Christie diagnosed Angela with womb and secondary cancer and predicted she had just 10 months to live.

Through radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery, she defied their expectations.

But the disease has now progressed to her bladder, pelvis, neck and spine.

Doctors say all they can offer is palliative chemotherapy – a brutal treatment that Angela knows will be difficult to endure and ultimately buy little time.

After extensive research, her family has found a clinic in Stuttgart that offers immunotherapy – a targeted DNA treatment that has been known to help terminal patients into remission.

The Christie (Photo: Manchester Evening News)
Led by a close group of lifelong girl friends, her loved ones are aiming to raise £100,000, and have already reached nearly £15,000.

Angela’s husband, Robert Bebbington, 53, said: “I can’t explain how much it has meant to us to have Angela at the Christie. She is the heart of our family, these years with her have meant everything – absolutely everything. Without The Christie we would have lost out on time with her. We were devastated to see the fire, it’s so important you support the Christie appeal and help other patients like Angela.

“Now we need to get her treatment that could save her life and keep her stay at the heart of our family.”

Angela and family say they are indebted to medical staff including the mum’s consultant Dr Jurees Hassan.

The friends behind Angela’s campaign are Gaynor Ball, Jayne Griffin, Lisa Moylan, Brenda Coffey, Paula Hay, Clare Critchley, Paul Thompson, Dawn Sparrow, Adele Honeyford and Lesley Bacon. A fundraiser at St Anthony’s Church raised £5,042.

To donate go to www.gofundme.com/please-help-save-angelas-life

News Source: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/dying-mum-appeals-help-getting-12978095

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