A British dad stuck in Thailand after being diagnosed with incurable cancer is trying to raise funds to extend his life in the UK.
Andy Tracey was trying to enjoy a well-earned break when he started suffering crippling stomach pains so sought medical help.
After undergoing several tests, he was given the devastating news that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer on March 21 last year.
Medics in Thailand gave him just months to live, the Mirror revealed.
Due to the pandemic, the 59-year-old was unable to fly home to be with his family and friends so was forced to stay in Thailand where he had an operation followed by 12 rounds of chemotherapy.
His travel insurance company has covered the bills in Thailand but now Andy is well enough to return home.
However, he will face the £88,000 yearly cost of Lynparza treatment as it is only available on the NHS for ovarian cancer sufferers.
The dad-of-two told the Mirror: "It's been a blessing in disguise I was diagnosed in Thailand because I have been told if I was in the UK I would have been given palliative treatment so I would probably have been dead by now.
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"I am responding well to this treatment and now have had the all clear on my scans so I'm free to go home but Lynparza isn't available on the NHS which means I have to pay for it myself.
"I really love my life and I want to continue living it when I return to the UK."
Andy, who is from Clapham, South London, decided to fly out to Thailand last year after losing his mum and dad within months of each other.
The 59-year-old fell ill just weeks after arriving in Thailand.
"When I arrived in Thailand I was out of energy and had stomach pains," he said.
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"I went to see a doctor and they did a scan which showed I had a tumour on my pancreas and I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer which had metastasised to my liver.
"The oncologist told me there is no cure and I had three months or if I was lucky a year so I was immediately put on chemotherapy.
"Some people with my cancer are too weak to have chemotherapy but I got through it."
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In addition to chemotherapy and Lynparza, Andy is also taking alternative therapies including twice-weekly vitamin C intravenous drips, cannabis oil and colonic irrigation.
The former furniture boss also relies on a daily cocktail of vitamins and supplements.
With the dad desperate to return home to be with his sons, his friend Grace O'Neill started crowdfunding to help raise funds for the man she describes as a " powerhouse of motivation and positivity."
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