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Wife of Ramsbottom mouth cancer patient raises £2,000 for charity
8:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
THE wife of a man who survived a battle with mouth cancer and 19-hour operation to reconstruct his jaw has raised more than £2,000 with a fun day.
Ramsbottom childminder Sarah Jones and partner Bryan had their lives turned upside down last September when Bryan was diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma in his mouth.
The Lancaster Avenue couple raised £2,100 with the fun day at Canon Lewis Hall for Watch Your Mouth, North Manchester General Hospital’s charity for patients with head and neck cancers.
Sarah said: “I have done what I set out to do - raising money and awareness for a cause which lies close to my heart and which supported Bryan through so much. People seem keen to criticise the NHS when things go wrong but credit should be given where it is deserved and the Maxillofacial Unit have been absolutely amazing.”
Bryan underwent a 19-hour operation at North Manchester General Hospital to remove the tumour, rebuild his jaw from a bone in his leg and graft skin to his face.
After spending days in a high-dependency unit and nearly four weeks in the Oral and Maxillofacial Unit recovering, he also had chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
Sarah said: “What the staff did for Bryan was just incredible - anything could have happened but they gave me back my husband and he looks fantastic. I felt I needed to give something back to the surgeons, doctors and nurses and wanted to say thank you for all their help. I can’t put into words how helpful the team has been. It has been an extremely stressful time and Bryan was tube-fed for several months but he has made a brilliant recovery.”
To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/sarah-and-bryan-jones.
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