Devastated husband reveals how his wife is battling brain tumour – months after daughter died from same killer cancer
13:10 GMT, 8 May 2012
A devastated husband has revealed how his
wife is battling a brain tumour – just months after their daughter died
from the same killer cancer.
Jimmy and Tracy Farrell, from Birmingham, lost their beloved daughter Rosie in September when she was just 21.
Now Tracy, 51, is facing her own battle after a scan showed she also has a brain tumour. She has already battled breast cancer.
James Farrell with his mother Tracy and daughter Rosie back in October 2010
Mr Farrell said: 'It’s a nightmare. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up.'
'We haven’t got over Rosie’s death. She would have been 22 three weeks ago.'
The couple, who also have soldier son Ross, first realised something was wrong last weekend after Mrs Farrell had a sudden seizure.
Mr Farrell said: 'I could see her face had dropped and half an hour later she had a seizure,” he said.
“She was all over the place, so it was a 999 job.
'I kept on seeing my daughter in the same position.'
The severity of the illness will not be known until a biopsy is carried out at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Sadly Rosie (left) did not respond to the drug Avastin and died as a result of a brain tumour. Now her mother Tracey (right) has the same condition
Beloved daughter: Rosie qualified as a sports physiotherapist before she died
Yet her husband has had to battle for his wife’s transfer from Heartlands Hospital after delays allegedly caused by faulty equipment at the Queen Elizabeth.
Mr Farrell said: 'They can’t do anything for Tracy at Heartlands, there are no neuro surgeons there and every day the tumour was getting bigger.
'She was in a ward with elderly stroke victims, many of whom could not walk or talk. I felt sorry for them, but it was a horrendous place for my wife to be.'
Rosie’s story first came to light after she appealed against a decision to refuse her the ‘wonder drug’ Avastin to treat her brain tumour. She had been diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was just 17 but three years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy had failed to stop the cancer from growing.
Rosie (centre) on her 1st birthday in 1990. She underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy from the age of 17
Mrs Farrell is waiting to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham (pictured) where she will have a biopsy
Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust had initially deemed it too expensive at 1,800 per month, but relented in October 2010 after a publicity campaign. Unfortunately Miss Farrell didn't respond to the treatment and died in September 2011.
Dr Aresh Anwar, Heartlands Hospital medical director, has pledged to transfer Mrs Farrell to the Queen Elizabeth.
He said: 'I have personally been in contact with the QE this morning to see if there is anything else we can do to help.
'They have promised to get back to us today to ensure that we get Mrs Farrell transferred as soon as possible.'