A heartbroken Chesterfield family has launched a fundraising campaign to get specialist treatment for their dad who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Stuart Parker, 53, a serving police officer in Derbyshire for more than 30 years and who was due to retire in May, attended his GP in November after suffering with numbness in his leg but was told it was chilblains and advised to “go put some socks on”.
Thankfully, his family decided to get a second opinion at Chesterfield Royal Hospital where he was later found to have a high-grade brain tumour known as glioblastomas - the same as former MP, Tessa Jowell.
“If he had followed the advice of his GP then he would have been dead by Christmas,” his wife Samantha, 52, said.
But Stuart’s family have no anger towards the GP and are more determined to raise awareness of “inequalities” facing patients who are diagnosed with brain tumours.
They feel that there is a lack of funding for research and the specialist treatment which would extend Stuart’s life is not available on the NHS and is very expensive.
His brain tumour has been removed but Stuart, who has three children aged 19, 22 and 26, has been told it will sadly return. He is now receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Stuart’s eldest daughter Jasmin, 26, said: “We need to get him the treatment he deserves.”
A fantastic £2,000 was donated within 12 hours to Stuart’s fundraising page.
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