A mum who found out she had terminal cancer just weeks after giving birth is desperate to travel abroad for treatment to give her more precious time with her baby daughter.
Kate Geraghty, 34, noticed a lump on her face just days before Ivy was born in December.
Last week she and boyfriend Paul Dhillon learned the tumour is so severe that surgery is no longer an option.
Kate, from Leicester, is now desperate for cutting edge immunotherapy treatment, which could prolong her life, the Leicester Mercury reports.
A fundraising page with a target of £100,000 has raised more than £28,000 already, after only being launched on Friday, April 13.
Kate, who was a keen kickboxer before becoming ill, said After the incredible high of becoming parents to our incredible daughter Ivy, we have received such devastating news.
The whole of Ivy’s short life has been filled with my frequent hospital visits, tests and surgery – not to mention the constant fear and uncertainty whilst also trying to bond with our new baby.
I want to try anything possible to give me more time with Paul, Ivy and all of my loved ones. We feel humbled by everyone’s reaction and can’t thank people enough for their support.
We are absolutely desperate to raise at least £100,000 as quickly as possible, potentially to travel abroad and begin the immunotherapy treatment. Every donation will help to give us a chance for extra time together as a family and see Ivy grow up.
We have been completely overwhelmed with all the donations, love and support from everyone. We read every single message of support on the page.
Kate used to teach at the Children’s Hospital School in Leicester, specialising in English.
She also ran a group therapy course for prevention of self-harm, using skills from her Master’s degree in psychology.
It was a very rewarding job I really enjoyed and was looking forward to returning to after my maternity leave, said Kate.
The cancer, a high-grade metastatic Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma, is located at the base of Kate’s skull, but has spread significantly despite a previous attempt to remove it.
Surgeons have said even if a further operation could take place, the chances of survival are very slim.
Kate would then have a low quality of life if she did make it through.
When told this news, she had already undergone a five-hour procedure to remove the tumour that left her with nerve damage and partial facial paralysis.
Now therapies to extend her life and how comfortable she can be throughout it are her focus.
She and Paul, an English teacher at Moat Community College, first explored selling their house to fund the foreign medical bills.
However, how soon she needs the help does not give them a realistic timeframe to sell a house.
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