Romford wife is heartbroken as terminally ill dad prepares for final days

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:23 05 May 2016

Theresa and Rob Mottram with daughter Lily-May

Theresa and Rob Mottram with daughter Lily-May


The wife of a man with a terminal brain tumour who cannot receive any more treatment, says she is heartbroken.

Family, friends and those touched by 31-year-old Rob Mottram’s story have been fundraising for Avastin, a life-prolonging drug that is not available through the NHS, for the past nine months.

But the fight for the drug has come to an end after Rob and his wife Teresa were told by a doctor that he is no longer in a position to receive it.

She said: “He just can’t take any more. He has got a really bad throat and chest infection that is more dangerous for him than it would be a usual person. It’s really, really heartbreaking.”

Rob was told he had 18 months to live in 2009 but continued with chemotherapy treatment and responded positively, allowing him to see his three-year-old daughter Lily-May grow.

About £18,000 had been raised through fundraising events as well as donations on the couple’s Go Fund Me page which would have paid for the drug.

Donations are still flooding in on the fundraising page and will now go towards Rob’s funeral, making memories with his family and providing some support to Teresa and Lily-May after he is gone.

Teresa said: “He just doesn’t deserve this – it’s not fair.

“His parents don’t deserve to lose their son and Lily-May doesn’t deserve to lose her dad.

“She has asked if daddy is going to be with the angels and we have said not just yet but she does know what’s going on.

“He’s just been his usual bubbly self – he hasn’t moaned or complained or felt sorry for himself.

“We’re not really asking for money anymore but I would like to thank everyone who has continued to donate.”

Rob was invited to Arsenal’s Emirates stadium to watch a football match in a box with his brother and will be going on holiday to Clacton with the rest of his family, later this month.

Teresa said: “We want to make however long he has left, as special as possible for him.”

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