It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on here with regards to my oldest friend Neil’s illness. Those of you familiar with my old show will know Neil’s story. For those that don’t, Neil, a father of 4 young kids, has Multiple Sclerosis and his family and friends have spent the last couple of years trying to raise the necessary funds to fly Neil to Israel for Haematopoietic Stem Cell Treatment (HSCT). HSCT is Neil’s only chance of surviving and Israel is the only country in the world that will treat patients whose MS is as advanced as Neil’s.
The original crowdfunding target was reached a couple of months ago when a donor who wishes to remain anonymous gave over £38,000 to the campaign, bringing hope to Neil and his family that he might finally get the treatment he desperately needs.
The purpose of this post is to shed some clarity on why Neil hasn’t yet been able to fly to Jerusalem for his treatment. First of all, there is obviously the worsening political situation in that part of the world and Neil’s wife is in regular touch with the Embassy and medical tourist board regarding travel. There is still a lot of unrest on the route from the airport to the hospital. A big problem is when Neil arrives in Jerusalem and starts the treatment, it has to continue. It can’t be stopped or paused and as HSCT can take up to 2 months, if the political situation was to worsen out there, his family need to know what they can do.
It’s not easy for Neil in his rapidly worsening condition to travel to places without time to rest up and especially in this heat as it really drains him. He needs time to rest and recovery from journeys. That’s why Neil will have to fly either first or business class to have use of the recliner chairs so he will be well rested the whole flight.
I’m told that physically Neil is constantly declining. His arms are very weak and have limited movement now. Mentally, he’s drained from the condition he was diagnosed with in Christmas 2010 and while he has for so long been courageous in the face of the wicked onslaught MS has wreaked on both his body and life, is becoming scared. Many of us would’ve given up by now.
You can continue to support Neil by clicking on this link goo.gl/5hMS7y
And grateful to anyone who shares this update on social media.