I am asking for some kind hearted people to donate a few pounds for me to get my seriously ill husband over to Jamaica for his last time - this is why the amount I am aiming for is so huge, s the insurance is going to be a couple of grand to start with. Please let explain, my husband came to the UK in the early 70s along with many other Jamaicans, his plan was to stay here along with his mother and work for 5 years or so and then go home. He didn't make it home for 49 years, by the time his mother died over here, he had created his own family and new roots. England is his home and he loves it but now he is so ill, I need to raise funding to take him home to Jamaica for 2nd and last time since he left. He is in his second occurrence of kidney failure, his transplant of 9 years ago is starting to fail - now down to 19%. from 41% in December. He has a long list of medical complications which I will not overload you with unless you truly want to know. Over time he has become really ill with a variety of illnesses, which would have killed others stronger than him and they have led to him being very imobil, spending the majority of his time in bed as he cannot walk and is so tired. He has been at death's' door on 5 occasions, miraculously bouncing back the next day. He spent 81/2 years on various forms of dialysis - the last 12 months was home hemodialysis, which was a true labour of love I can tell you, many bad days with blood leakages and then many great days, but all ending in him being so tired he could only just make it to the bedroom next door. He miraculously had a kidney transplant in 2009 and we were so grateful. I have never met a man like him before - that's the reason I married him. He can be in so much pain but only I will know, he never complains to anyone else. His body will swell and at some point his skin has split and he is in agony, but he always greets everyone with a kind word and a smile. He has always worked, never lived on the dole - we do not believe that you can take what you have not earned. I came into his life some 20 odd years ago - our 20th wedding anniversary is September this year. The last 18 years have been very hard for both of us. In 20102 I managed to talk him into going home for a holiday, the first time home in 49 years and he saw his sister for the first time in all those years. He left her a skinny 17 year old and came back a very swollen 66 year old, a truly emotional time for all present. He had seen his brothers when they came over for his mother's funeral. Since then I have not been able to raise the funding to go back. Now due to his kidney function failing fast and that he may have to go back onto dialysis, if his 72 year old body can take it - all his veins collapse when touched with a needle, he needs to go home sooner rather than later. We both know that this is the beginning of the end and he desperately needs to see his large family over in Jamaica. We have used our savings and I have tried selling our belongings but people are not interested. It will take too long to sell the house and this is the only other way that I can think of to raise funds. This is not for me - this is for him.
UPDATE: We have now found out that he cannot have another transplant due to his long line of medical problems, so when he goes on to Dialysis, we will have to pay for that in Jamaica and so the cost goes on.
To all those that are willing to donate I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving him the chance of a lifetime. My deepest gratitude - Johanna Williams