Hospital throws terminally ill father a lifeline

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CANCER patient Paul Cosson received good news this week when he found out Ipswich Hospital will fund a new treatment which could prolong his life.

Paul, 55, had set out on his own mission to raise the £20,000 needed to fund the treatment when Ipswich Hospital said it couldn’t guarantee him the funding to pay for it.

The terminally-ill father, from Cedars Park, in Stowmarket, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009 and, after an operation to remove the malignant tumour from his lower bowel, he found out that the cancer had spread.

After two unsuccessful courses of chemotherapy, doctors recommended a treatment called Cetuximab, which is not readily available on the NHS but can be applied for.

Donations from generous friends, family members and even strangers, along with fund-raising events organised by Paul and his wife Julie, 43, have helped to raise £12,000 already.

Paul said the money would be saved in case he needed to use it at a later date, or would be donated to national charity, Bowel Cancer UK.

Paul said: “A big thank you to everyone for the donations they have given. I didn’t realise that there were so many people out there that care.”

Paul had his first dose of the new treatment on Tuesday, and will return each week for further doses.

He is driven by the determination to see his 30-year-old son, Dale get married in May.