Kimberley Eccles has been given a 1% chance of survival (Picture: Facebook)
A care worker who missed out on three vital medical appointments due to the pandemic has been told she has an aggressive cancer over Zoom.
Kimberley Eccles, 23, spent six months in pain as a tumour grew in her left cheek, eventually leading to her collapsing at work and being rushed to hospital.
She was told she has just six months left to live in August over a Zoom call while her seven-year-old daughter Maya was at home with her.
Kimberly initially thought she had a mouth ulcer after noticing a small growth on her cheek in June last year.
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But after it got bigger, she booked herself in for a consultation, biopsy and MRI scan earlier this year.
However the appointments coincided with the start of lockdown and were cancelled as coronavirus ripped through the country.
It was only after collapsing at work and being rushed to hospital in August, that the children’s home carer was diagnosed following two biopsies.
Kimberley has been told to ‘make memories’ with her partner Darren Aldred and daughter Maya, 7
Doctors told her she had Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare tissue disease that only accounts for 1% of adult cancers.
She told the Sun: ‘My heart is broken — I’m only 23 with a beautiful daughter who needs me. But I have been given a 1% chance of survival and told I have around six months to live.
‘I’m trying to be brave so as not to upset Maya but I just can’t stand the thought of leaving her and never seeing her grow up. I had my daughter at home when I took the video call and was so shocked I couldn’t speak.
‘I can’t help thinking how different it might have been if there had been no pandemic and my cancer had been diagnosed earlier. There must be many other cancer patients in the same position as me now.’
Kimberley from Leyland, Lancashire, has been advised by doctors to ‘draw up a bucket list’ and ‘make memories’ with her daughter and 24-year-old partner Darren Aldred, who works as a bricklayer.
She was told her cancer was a ‘ticking timebomb’ and will be ‘completely incurable’ once spread.
Kimberly lost all of her hair after three rounds of chemotherapy which failed to eliminate the cancer.
She is due to have an operation to remove the tumour in her cheek on Monday after chemotherapy treatment at Royal Preston and Blackburn hospitals failed to shrink it.
Surgeons will essentially remove her left cheek and jawbone and reconstruct it using bone tissue from her leg.
Once she recovers from the 12 hour procedure she hopes to travel to the US for treatments not available in Britain.
So far she has raised £12,000 of her £50,000 target on her GoFundMe page.
Despite the bleak outlook, Kimberly is set to undergo six rounds of chemotherapy and is able to have a private consultation Royal Marsden hospital, London due to fundraising so far.
She added: ‘The doctors that I am being assessed by have never dealt with a patient like me in their whole work experience. Knowing there are people out there that can help me and the only thing in the way is money knocks me sick.’
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