Patient offers dying doctor her meds

By Vaimoana Tapaleao

Woman pledges drug in hope cancer sufferer can live long enough to welcome baby

Hannah and Jared Noel. Photo / NZ Herald
Hannah and Jared Noel. Photo / NZ Herald

A woman who requires regular injections to help slow the loss of her eyesight is willing to give her medication to a young man battling to stay alive to see his yet-to-be born daughter.

It's just one of the many generous offers that continue to pour in for Auckland doctor Jared Noel who is battling cancer and trying to extend his life long enough to see his unborn baby, who is due on January 21.

The 32-year-old's case featured in the Herald last week after a fundraising effort to raise $60,000 for Avastin treatments went public.

West Auckland woman Lynda Finn was one of the many people to be moved by his story. She has offered to give him her own Avastin injections, which she receives every two months.

The 67-year-old, who lives in Glen Eden, is starting to lose her eyesight and while the injections are not a cure, they are helping to slow the process.

"It's fully funded and I have no idea why this young man can't get Avastin injections for his much worse problem.

But I am absolutely prepared to give up my Avastin injections. I'm losing my sight. But I don't care about that. This boy needs to be given some time. It's just sensible. I'm 67 years old, why do I need them? This is a young boy with a family coming.

"And his wife is going to have enough to put up with. If only she could know that he's seen the baby. If only he could see the baby - then it's all worth it."

Dr Noel last night told the Herald he was incredibly humbled by the offer, but acknowledged that he would not have been able to take it, as their illnesses were very different. He had raised more than the $60,000 needed for the treatment.

He said people from around the country had made contact offering services including photography deals and magazine subscriptions.

Those who had donated via the Givealittle fundraising website quickly went past the target and last night had reached almost $160,000.

"We're incredibly appreciative. We're both kind of lost for words."

The funds raised will see Dr Noel start his Avastin treatment on Wednesday. The side-effects include nausea, fatigue and vomiting - something he said was worth going through if it meant he could get to see his daughter.

"We have to weigh up quality of life versus quantity of life. In this case, quantity of life is important."

The 32-year-old has been battling bowel cancer for the past five years but was recently told that he may not live past Christmas. While the Avastin won't cure him, it might allow him to live for a few more months to meet his daughter.

- NZ Herald

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