Mother-of-four, Ferzana Khan, whose family helped raise over £50,000 in under a day in order for her to receive the pioneering immunotherapy treatment in Germany, has sadly passed away this morning.
Ferzana Khan, 41, who lived in Acklam with her husband Aebrar and her four children aged 5, 12, 19 and 20, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 but was recently told the disease has spread to her spine.
She had previously undergone gruelling bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy as she fights an aggressive form of breast cancer.
She also had a mastectomy and several rounds of hormone therapy before being told devastating news that the cancer had spread to her back.
She was due to fly out to Germany yesterday with her husband but was stopped after doctors placed a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs).
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is the procedure prescribed in law when it is necessary to deprive a patient who lacks capacity to consent to their care and treatment of their liberty in order to keep them safe from harm.
Ferzana Khan, who was said to be in a weakened state, sadly passed away this morning before her husband could raise an appeal into the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards order being placed.
Mr Khan has promised that all money raised will now be transferred to Cancer Research and will upload receipts onto the GoFundMe page.
He said: ‘By the will of God, my wife has passed away.’
‘I would like to use this as a reminder to each and every one of you to cherish those loved ones and remind them you love them, life is but a moment and that moment can pass with a blink.’
‘She fought a 3 year battle and continued to fight to the very last breathe.’
‘My world has collapsed but my heart remains firm for my family and my faith pushes me on. We must b a source of strength in public for our loved ones but we weep in private.’
‘I will be transferring all the funds to Cancer Research like I initially pledged.’
‘I would like to thank Dr. Nolting from Hallwang clinic who supported us via the phone throughout the night and tried his utmost to get my wife to Germany.’
Mr Khan went on to thank everyone who helped him and his family keep hope alive with donations and prayers.
‘Finally, from every ounce I have left in me, I want to thank you for your support, whether it’s donations, sharing the story or a single prayer, I cannot repay you enough.’
‘I will update with funeral arrangements as soon as I am able.’
He ended by saying : ‘Until we see you again, my beautiful wife Ferzana…x.’