Leanne Hock, is left with a broken jaw after her surgery to remove cancer. In 2009, she was diagnosed with maxillary sinus carcinoma, which is a very rare form of cancer. She is now forced to ask people for donations, to get the required treatment.
Leanne suffered a nose blockage for a period of three years. She kept ignoring it thinking, it was just allergy. But when she went to the hospital, several tests and xray reports suggested that she had cancer. Doctors suggested the only way to save her life was to remove half of her face.
She had a lump behind her cheekbone, which was the size of an orange. Leanne was devastated when she heard the news, that what she has been neglecting for so long was something serious.
She was not mentally prepared for the surgery but knowing this was her only chance at life, she agreed. At the Royal Derby hospital, Leanne’s surgery was performed. It took doctors 15 hours to remove her eye socket, her top jaw, the cheekbone as well as the upper part of her mouth.
In february 2010, Leanne underwent another surgery in which a bone from her leg was used to reconstruct her face. She was told that it would take 5 years to get back to her normal self and adjust with her new face. She had finally started going out again and got her confidence back until March 2015. She was torn when her new fixed jaw bone had fallen. The bone got weak due to her radiotherapy.
Leanne, mother of two, Loui ,15, and Niko,8, was told by the surgeons that her cancer was back again. She exclaimed that Doctors had told her to get the surgery so that cancer won’t return but it has come back anyway. It is very shocking that the jaw bone has also collapsed.
She mentioned that:” After the surgery I was finally going out with family and I felt a lot of my confidence had come back. I could look at myself in the mirror which was brilliant because a face is the first thing people see. But since March I don’t go out.”
Leanne worked with her father in a bar but due to her deteriorated health she can no longer worm. She feels embarrassed to go out and when she has to pick her children from their school she stays in the car. She doesn’t go out for shopping or hang out with people.
In January, she had gone to the hospital complaining about a back pain and was told that cancer had grown in her spine and hip. Doctors at NHS also told her that this disease was no more curable. She had lost all her hope but her children did not.
They cannot imagine life without her and forced her to look for other alternatives. She started searching and found a clinic in Mexico that treats this disease. Her children have recorded a video with an emotional message and are asking everyone to help their mother get the treatment.
Leanne requires £40,000 to get the treatment. She added that she never asked anyone for money or anything. She has worked and looked after her kids. But now with my health condition i cannot work and raise money to go to Mexico. Her children want her around to see them grow up.
She has already gained £1200 after the video was posted on internet. She has also contacted many people who went to Mexico and are now well after their treatment. She revealed that the treatment involved her to adopt a healthy diet and eat vitamins.