Family in fund-raising bid for seriously ill mum

Shane and Chantelle Cook with their mother Iris
Shane and Chantelle Cook with their mother Iris
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A man has launched a funding drive in the hope of raising £6,000 to give his mum specialist treatment for motor-neurone disease.

Shane Cook wants to take his mother, Iris Bamber, 65, to Poland for treatment at the The Medical Rehabilitation Center of the European Academy of Folk Medicine for the disease, which damages parts of the nervous system.

We were devastated

The centre provides specialist rehabilitation for chronic diseases and Mr Cook wants to take his mother for a 30 day stay – but as yet cannot afford the fees including treatment, lodgings, flights and taxis.

He is hoping Gazette readers will donate to his funding drive and help give his mother respite from her condition.

Mr Cook, 40, of Moorland Gardens, Poulton, said: “Four years ago mum’s speech started to slur.

“It was put down to a stutter. It started to get a little worse and found out she had MND. We were told she had two to three years at the most to live. That’s how it was.

“We were devastated.

“There was no cure and it was terminal – nothing was out there. It is a horrible, horrible disease.”

Last summer millions of people supported research into the disease with ice bucket challenges.

Fund-raisers gave cash to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association in America as well as its British equivalent, the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

There are around 5,000 MND sufferers in the UK with very little to help other than medication to help slow it’s effects.

Since being diagnosed in 2011, Shane, his sister Chantelle, 38 and father Chris, 71, have watched Iris gradually become more and more ill, tending to her daily needs including mobility, eating, washing and dressing.

Shane said he hoped a month long treatment programme at the Polish centre could improve her condition and boost the immune system.

He added: “In the UK you can only get palliative care. This is a terminal illness.

“There is new research currently which shows they have made great progress in improving people with muscular problems and muscular disease.

“There is videos of people who have gone into the centre and then after 20 or 30 days come out.

“The improvement is massive.

“Mum finds it very difficult to speak. In general you cannot hear what she is saying. At the end of their treatment they were quite fluid with their speech.”

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