Mum-of-four dies of brain cancer after chemotherapy put on hold during lockdown

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A mum-of-four has tragically died from brain cancer after her chemotherapy was put on hold when lockdown started.

Emma Jenkinson, 31, had been suffering with grade 4 brain cancer after previously beating the disease when she was just 24-years-old.

But like many people suffering from non-coronavirus related illnesses, her treatment was paused in March when the pandemic hit.

Now she has passed away, leaving her children, aged 11, nine, four and two, and loving husband Andrew behind.

The “fantastic” mother had initially been reacting well to treatment, her husband aid on a Gofundme page set up to raise funds for the family.

But then at the start of May, Emma’s condition deteriorated and she began to feel very unwell.

“She started losing her balance, falling over. At its worst she was falling 15-20 times a day,” Andrew wrote.

“She actually fell over in the garden quite heavily and banged her head on a post so I had to rush her to A&E.

“It was later in the month she had a scan and found that the cancer had increased and was placed on chemotherapy straight away.”

But Andrew said that by September she was given the devastating news that the treatment was no longer working.

In a heartbreaking message on the gofundme page before Emma’s death, her husband wrote: “All Emma wants like any mother is for her children to be healthy & happy in the future and she’s very afraid she may not get to witness this further down the road.

“All she wants is for the children to have happy memories of her and us all together.”

Andrew said Emma had no life insurance due to the fact she had previously beaten cancer when she was 24.

He said he was in a position where he has very little money for a funeral and does not want their children to struggle.

A fundraising page to help the family has raised £8,169 after a £6,000 goal was set.

The tragedy comes as the Health Secretary warned cancer patients will only be guaranteed treatment if coronavirus stays “under control”.

The Health Secretary claimed that it was “critical for everybody to understand the best way to keep cancer services running is to suppress the disease”.

Furious hospital bosses warned such messages “could cost lives” by giving the impression they were running a “Covid-only service”.