The heartbreaking news has just come in that a mother-of-4 has tragically passed away...
And it is all as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
via: GettyBut, believe it or not, the thirty-one-year-old didn't actually have the virus.
Emma Jenkinson was battling stage 4 brain cancer...
via: GettyAnd, when the pandemic came along, her whole life was turned completely upside down.
Now, the pandemic has had a devastating effect on many different aspects of the world...
via: GettySuch as small businesses, restaurants, bars, and social gatherings.
But perhaps the most appalling part of this heinous situation?
via: GettyOver in the United Kingdom, cancer treatments have been postponed and, in worst-case scenarios, even canceled.
Yep, in the name of coronavirus, cancer patients have been denied their treatment.
via: GettyA London hospital which canceled all cancer treatments for 2 whole weeks at the start of the pandemic said in a statement: “These measures will help us to protect our patients, including those with covid-19, and those with other conditions."
But will denying potentially life-saving treatment really "protect" patients?
Disgraceful. Shameful. Cancelled cancer treatment for this man's wife. Imagine how distraught this family are. N… https://t.co/U35Ciby17w— Linda M. Cameron (@Linda M. Cameron)1602079163.0
Well, the statistics speak for themselves.
via: GettyA study published earlier this year predicted that these delayed and canceled treatments could very well result in around 3,500 avoidable deaths from the 4 main cancers by 2025.
The lockdowns also had an effect on cancer research.
via: GettyNumerous labs had to shut down, and clinical trials have slowed down. Many researchers are also throwing much of their efforts behind the effect of COVID-19 on cancer, and less on cancers’ cures, the National Cancer Institute director, Norman Sharpless, wrote in an editorial published in Science.
The BBC reported that the chances of dying from coronavirus are between 0.5% and 1%.
@berniespofforth My cancer treatment was cancelled in March. I felt abandoned and left to die... it was a harrowing… https://t.co/BN6kTTZ13z— Dr Wendy Peake (@Dr Wendy Peake)1603129700.0
Evidently, it is.
@doctor_oxford Cancer treatment is being cancelled across North Staffs with COVID being the reason given. My Wife’… https://t.co/iktPVxwsff— Andy Bollen (@Andy Bollen)1603011893.0
As stated earlier, Emma, from Manchester, U.K. had been battling stage 4 brain cancer.
via: GoFundMeShe had previously beat the horrendous disease when she was twenty-four but, sadly, it returned last year.
Emma was undergoing chemotherapy until March this year...
via: GettyWhen, suddenly, her treatment was postponed.
In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, the hospital in which she was receiving chemotherapy closed its doors to non-coronavirus patients...
via: GettyThus leaving Emma to battle the cancer completely alone and unaided.
After 3 months without treatment, Emma's health was seriously deteriorating.
via: Getty“She started losing her balance, falling over," her husband, Andrew, said in an online post. “At its worst, she was falling fifteen to twenty times a day."
At one point, she fell in the family’s garden and hit her head.
via: GettyAndrew then knew it was time to take her back to the hospital.
But, sadly, grave news awaited the family.
via: Getty“It was later in the month she had a scan and found that the cancer had increased," Andrew said.
Emma was then placed back on chemotherapy “straight away."
via: GettyHowever, by September, the doctors found that the treatment simply wasn't working.
Last weekend, Emma succumbed to the cancer...Leaving behind her 4 children, aged eleven, 9, 4, and 2. She was only thirty-one-years-old.
Before her death, Andrew had set up a GoFundMe page...
via: ShutterstockIn order to raise money for one last family vacation that, tragically, would never happen.
The fundraiser has since been turned into a funeral fund.
via: GoFundMeOver $19,000 has since been raised. You can visit the site here. Rest in peace, Emma Jenkinson.