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    Weʼve raised £35,675 to Please Help Us Fly Our Terminally Ill Father Home To The UK

    London, UK
    Funded on Tuesday, 19th March 2019

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    Story

    On August 11th, 2018, we received a phone call that would change our lives forever. It was our father, calling from 6,500 miles away. He had flown there for business only the week before, and now we found ourselves hearing the news that no family can ever bear to hear. The man who has always been there for us, our Daddy, had Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer. It had spread through the lymph nodes to his liver, lungs, skin, muscle, bones and brain.

    With cancer this aggressive & advanced, he had to start Chemotherapy treatment immediately. We were told he couldn’t fly home to the UK until his condition had strengthened; it was just too risky. And so we flew out to Malaysia.

    We spent three weeks together with our father, experiencing moments that can only be found in the most dire situations, moments that occur through reflection of circumstances, that change your perspective on life, and family, and love. Our 12-year old brother couldn’t fly with us, and been unable to see our father since the end of July.

    When we boarded the plane to London three weeks later, while our Daddy continued his treatment, we all assumed he’d be back home in September, surrounded by us all, in England where he belongs. He was going to fly home as quickly and as pain-free as possible once the Malaysian doctors found a window during his treatment where he was strong enough to make the journey.

    But that’s not what happened. Three months later we’re preparing to fly back, to visit him in a deteriorated condition. He’s lost the ability to use his legs due to cancer in his muscles and calf bones, he is bedridden and in need of 24/7 care, assisted by his partner who‘s had to stop work completely. We can't believe the speed everything is happening, considering we were holding his hand walking through the streets of London less than 4-months ago. We’ve also learned about the extensive costs behind maintaining healthcare in Malaysia, so much money that he’s down to limited funds. Its as if there’s a race against his health and his bank account. Now unable to afford life prolonging chemo, he is struggling to keep up with palliative care and cancer nutrition.

    Over the last 3 months he has had to undergo a liver stent operation, lung drainage, many scans and dialysis post renal failure caused by an overdose of medication due to a lack of communication between his care team. His Oncologist also advised to have his primary tumour sent off for DNA Sequencing in Arizona for targeted chemo, giving him the best chances of a longer life. In short, the brutally expensive Asian treatment is bankrupting him, and we need to get him out of there. We just have to fly him home, maybe in an aircraft that’s closer to an air ambulance than a plane any of us will know.

    We are flying out to Malaysia this weekend, as heart-wrenching as the circumstances are. We love him more than words can say, and want to do all we can in this situation, so we have made this page to raise the money needed to bring him home for Christmas, to his family, friends and into the waiting care of the NHS. We have organised an Oncology referral for when he gets to the UK to continue treatment.

    It is almost impossible to bear, having a parent with cancer with a 14-hour flight between us. We discussed options with The British Consulate, his care team and EMS-247 (Emergency Medical Services), but his medical condition means that he is unable to be repatriated home via the normal EMS service. This leaves us with limited choice. We can either organize a sectioned area of a commercial flight with medical assistance, where he can lie down the whole duration, or fly him via an Air Ambulance. Both options are very expensive, and we are asking for any help you can give us.

    We could never find the words to thank you properly, for any donations, to help us out of this unbearable state of affairs. We pray you can find it in your heart to give anything at all, no matter how small or large, to help us fly him home. Any excess funds will be donated to a Colorectal Cancer Research Charity.

    Thank you so much, Emily, Isabella and Max xx

    Updates

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    • Emily & Isabella 4 months ago
      Emily & Isabella

      Emily & Isabella

      4 months ago

      Good evening, we would love to share the invite for our fathers memorial service with you. It will be held in London on 28th February at 3:30pm at St John the Baptist Church on Holland Road, Notting Hill. We would love you to come and help celebrate our fathers life if you are around and we thank you for everything. All our love, Emily and Isabella x

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    • Emily & Isabella 4 months ago
      Emily & Isabella

      Emily & Isabella

      4 months ago

      With the money that you’ve each helped raise; we would like to put it towards his end of life pain relief, cremation and memorial service. We are going to put the outstanding funds towards a relative cause and would love to offer anyone back their donation if you would prefer this. If so, please email emiandizzy2019@gmail.com with your details. Please also contact us if you have any other questions. We are thankful beyond words. Emily and Isabella x

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    • Emily & Isabella 4 months ago
      Emily & Isabella

      Emily & Isabella

      4 months ago

      Thank you for all of your patience and support over this time of grief. We wanted to pass on the update that our father is being cremated this coming weekend in Asia and then being flown home to the U.K. by his partner. We are in the proceeds of organising his memorial service in London, which we would love for you to join and celebrate his life with us if you’d be interested x

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    Page last updated on: 2/28/2019 20.02

    Supporters

    454

    • Camilla Gibbs

      Camilla Gibbs

      Feb 28, 2019

      Really hope you get your dad home soon, best wishes Camilla

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 25, 2019

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      Feb 21, 2019

    • Kornelia Mund

      Kornelia Mund

      Feb 18, 2019

      There is always another good cause this small contribution can go towards. xx

    • Rejwan Ahmed

      Rejwan Ahmed

      Feb 3, 2019

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 11, 2019

      £100.00

    • Kornelia Mund

      Kornelia Mund

      Jan 2, 2019

      Hi Emily and Izzy, I heard about your dad, I'm shocked and so sorry about the situation but sending you all lots of loveKornelia (Katinka and Laura's mum)

      £30.00

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