A Fulham woman who has been living with cervical cancer for a year-and-a-half is in a race against time to raise cash for life-saving treatment.
Due to delayed diagnosis, Sherifé Chittell only discovered she had the disease in May last year.
The only option she has left is an immunotherapy treatment which costs £114, 000 per year and is not available for Sherifé through the NHS.
In a final bid to save her life, Sherifé’s friends and family have launched a GoFundMe page in the hope that kind strangers will help cover the costs.
Sherifé’s mum, Julia, 55, said: “It’s the only option – it’s the only thing that is left.
“We need the money as soon as possible to start treatment.”
“Sherifé and her medical teams have thrown everything they can at this cancer with more chemotherapy, and Sherifé has fought every step of the way.”
Despite complaining of symptoms in October, it wasn’t until February this year that Sherifé was told she would need an operation.
“I had excruciating pain in my feet and legs – I ended up incredibly ill with fevers and really bad sickness,” she said.
Julia added that for the women who have had the treatment it worked really successfully.
Sherifé continued: “I’d completely lost faith – I felt like no was was listening to me.”
After seeking a second opinion, an operation was planned – but this was cancelled once the tumour was deemed too advanced.
Shortly after, Sherifé contracted an infection from a new combination treatment.
The GoFundMe page can be found here.