Cancer is a devastating and cruel disease that claims the lives of hundreds of thousands across the globe every year.
But imagine contracting COVID-19 while having cancer? Well, tragically, this was a reality for one man, who succumbed to the virus after telling doctors to “save someone else’s life” instead.
Keep scrolling to read the heartbreaking reason he came to this decision.
A result of the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body, cancer develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working.
They instead mutate, forming new, abnormal cells.
But breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer are by far the most common.
The goal of treatment is to kill as many cancerous cells as possible, all the while avoiding any damage to the normal and healthy cells nearby.
The most common treatment, chemotherapy, acts as a “poison” and kills off the abnormal cells.
However, it can often kill normal cells, too, which makes people incredibly ill, resulting in hair loss, weight loss, and general sickness.
It isn’t a cure… And we are yet to discover one.
And the numbers of those being diagnosed with the illness keep on rising every year.
In 2019, an estimated 1.8 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States alone.
An estimated 606,880 sadly passed away.
Medical researchers have been working hard for decades to find a cure for the illness and, though they haven’t found one officially, they have come up with many alternative methods to combat the disease.
Thirty-year-old British man with leukemia had died from coronavirus.
And sadly, had been told he only had a few months left to live.
And had just created a bucket list of what he wanted to do before he passed away.
Cancer patients are particularly susceptible due to a weakened immune system from the illness itself and treatments.
And tragically, just days after his thirtieth birthday, on Friday, March 27, he passed away.
After testing positive for the virus, before he died, he had to move wards and be isolated from his family.
This is absolutely heart-wrenching.
And he made the brave decision to move forward with end of life care instead of treatment.
“He has fought leukemia for nearly 2 years and last week, we were told there was nothing more they could do to help him.
“To then be told he had coronavirus was just devastating.”
“I’m so unbelievably proud of you Liam! You fought so long and hard but now’s your time to relax! You’re now out of pain! I’m so glad we had so much laughter together as we got older. I’ll forever cherish those memories!”
On the fundraising page, Laura explained: “On Monday, March 16 [Liam] was admitted back into hospital with an ‘infection.’ Tests were carried out [and he tested positive for] COVID-19.
“Liam had to move wards and be isolated away from anyone he knew or [was] used to looking after him. He was also not allowed to see any of his family due to the risks of spreading the virus.”
At the time of writing, Liam’s family have managed to raise nearly £5000 ($6,190.72).
Utterly devastating. R.I.P Liam.
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