September 1, 2008

Family Suffers Setback

A TERMINALLY-ILL mum is getting ready to wave her daughter off to school.

Mum-of-one Karen Gault, who is fighting terminal bowel cancer, funded life-enhancing drug Avastin herself after it was refused by the NHS.

Karen, her husband Paul and four-year-old daughter Grace enjoyed a magical family holiday at Disneyland Paris but the family have now suffered a new devastating blow.

Routine tests revealed a new tumour growing in her lungs. Paul, 49, said his wife will be taken off the drug, which cuts off the blood supply to tumours, for two months while treatment options and surgery are considered.

He said: "A small tumour has popped up on her lungs, so she is off her treatment for the next couple of months."

But the family, of Jesmond, Newcastle, remain strong, and Karen, 44, will wave a tearful goodbye to her little girl tomorrow as she steps into the classroom for the first time.

She received the devastating news her bowel cancer was terminal a year ago and friends and family pulled together, raising more than pounds 30,000 to fund the drug after it was deemed "not effective" by health guidance body the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

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