Husband of mother who died from cancer is left bankrupt

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Husband of mother who died from cancer is left bankrupt

Husband of mother who died from cancer after turning down NHS help and spending £70,000 on alternative therapies is left bankrupt

  • Katie Britton-Jordan and partner, Neil, 55, spent £70,000 on alternative care
  • Mr Jordan, from Dalbury Lees, Derbyshire, has said he now depends on benefits
  • He is trying to raise their daughter Delilah, five, and to care for his elderly father
  • Britton-Jordan, who died on May 25, had triple negative breast cancer in 2016
  • She did not have conventional chemotherapy, instead she cut out meat and dairy

The husband of a mum who died from cancer after rejecting NHS treatment has been left bankrupt by their fight against the disease.

Katie Britton-Jordan and her partner, Neil, 55, spent around £70,000 on a range of alternative treatments, including dendritic cell therapy in Mexico.

And Mr Jordan, from Dalbury Lees, Derbyshire, has now admitted that he now depends on benefits to raise their five-year-old daughter Delilah, and to care for his elderly father.

Katie Britton-Jordan and her partner, Neil, 55, (both pictured) spent around £70,000 on a range of alternative treatments, including dendritic cell therapy in Mexico

Katie Britton-Jordan and her partner, Neil, 55, (both pictured) spent around £70,000 on a range of alternative treatments, including dendritic cell therapy in Mexico

Mrs Britton-Jordan, who died on May 25, aged 40, chose not to go through conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy on the NHS when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in June 2016.

Instead, she cut out meat and dairy from her diet, ate only organic foods and took supplements, all of which was already taking a toll on the family's bills.

Despite having a mastectomy, by Christmas 2018, the cancer had spread to Mrs Britton-Jordan's lymph nodes, liver, lungs and bones and she was in a great deal of discomfort.

And Mr Jordan, from Dalbury Lees, Derbyshire, has now admitted that he now depends on benefits to raise their five-year-old daughter Delilah (pictured with Mrs Britton-Jordan , and to care for his elderly father

And Mr Jordan, from Dalbury Lees, Derbyshire, has now admitted that he now depends on benefits to raise their five-year-old daughter Delilah (pictured with Mrs Britton-Jordan , and to care for his elderly father

Her decision to defy conventional medical wisdom attracted international media interest.

But in his first interview since the death of his beloved wife, Mr Jordan has revealed how he now depends on benefits to raise Delilah, and to care for his elderly father.

Describing the day his wife died, Mr Jordan said: 'When she passed away all the family was around.

'I went outside with Delilah and we picked a load of flowers from the garden and we just placed them all around Mummy.

'She looked so beautiful and peaceful. She even had a little wry smile on her face.'

Mrs Britton-Jordan, who died on May 25, aged 40, chose not to go through conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy on the NHS when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in June 2016

Mrs Britton-Jordan, who died on May 25, aged 40, chose not to go through conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy on the NHS when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in June 2016

Mr Jordan kept his wife at home for three days after her death, and allowed his daughter to see her when she wanted.

Mr Jordan said: 'She had been in to see Mummy a few times, to give Mummy another kiss.

'At one time she was running around with bubble guns and playing. You could hear laughter. It was just lovely to see her accepting what had happened and getting on with life.

'She wanted to know why mum couldn't be kept by the bed forever. That was a really difficult question that I couldn't answer. We both had a cuddle and a cry.'

Instead, she cut out meat and dairy from her diet, ate only organic foods and took supplements, all of which was already taking a toll on the family's bills. Pictured: with Delilah when she was a toddler

Instead, she cut out meat and dairy from her diet, ate only organic foods and took supplements, all of which was already taking a toll on the family's bills. Pictured: with Delilah when she was a toddler

The couple met via a stroke of luck, in 2000, when Mr Jordan agreed to go on a wellness weekend only on the condition that his horse won at the races.

The then 35-year-old ended up pocketing a massive £1,400 win from his £20 bet and so went along to the event in Glastonbury - where he met then 21-year-old Katie, then a fashion student at the University of Derby.

They fell in love, started jewellery business Flash Jordan together, and married in Dalbury Lees in 2010.

Their first baby, Tilly Rose, was stillborn in 2011. 

Two years later Mrs Britton-Jordan gave birth to Delilah.

Mrs Britton-Jordan discovered she had triple negative breast cancer in June 2016.

She noticed her daughter was only breastfeeding from her right breast, and one day when Delilah knocked her left breast, she felt an intense pain.

Doctors at the Royal Derby Hospital performed a biopsy and scans before delivering the devastating news a few days later.

Mr Jordan said with hindsight his wife would have chosen not to have the biopsy because, he said, stabbing the tumour releases cancerous blood cells into the body.

Despite having a mastectomy, by Christmas 2018, the cancer had spread to Mrs Britton-Jordan's lymph nodes, liver, lungs and bones and she was in a great deal of discomfort

Despite having a mastectomy, by Christmas 2018, the cancer had spread to Mrs Britton-Jordan's lymph nodes, liver, lungs and bones and she was in a great deal of discomfort

Mr Jordan said: 'We were told in no uncertain terms that she needed chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a mastectomy, or she was going to die, and that was the only option.

'We said we wanted to think about our options. We became second-class citizens as soon as we said that.'

The couple trawled the internet and were faced with a 'myriad of alternatives'. 

Mrs Britton-Jordan cut out meat and dairy from her diet, only ate organic food, and took supplements - all of which was already taking a toll on their bills.

Her decision to defy conventional medical wisdom attracted international media interest

Her decision to defy conventional medical wisdom attracted international media interest

After two years the lump in her breast had grown, but the hospital would only perform breast-removal surgery if she agreed to radiotherapy and chemotherapy too.

Mr Jordan was appalled. He said: 'You can't put conditions on an operation. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are both poisons.'

Instead they travelled to Bradford in April last year and found an NHS surgeon willing to perform the mastectomy.

The operation went well but complications followed and Mrs Britton-Jordan ended up haemorrhaging.

In his first interview since the death of his beloved wife, Mr Jordan has revealed how he now depends on benefits to raise Delilah, and to care for his elderly father. Pictured: Mrs Britton-Jordan's coffin, known as a cocoon

In his first interview since the death of his beloved wife, Mr Jordan has revealed how he now depends on benefits to raise Delilah, and to care for his elderly father. Pictured: Mrs Britton-Jordan's coffin, known as a cocoon

The tissue around her breast died and she was left with a 'huge hole in her chest - an open wound right down to the muscle'.

The couple complained to the hospital but it was not upheld.

By Christmas 2018 the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, liver, lungs and bones, and she was in a great deal of discomfort. 

She was given a maximum of three months to live.

They both withdrew cash from their pensions and raised money from friends and family to travel to Mexico for dendritic cell therapy and other treatments.

One friend donated £9,000 - money left to her by her grandfather. 

Others donated amounts ranging from £5 to £1,000.

By the time Mrs Britton-Jordan arrived in Mexico she was very ill. 

But her condition improved after the five-week treatment and her lymph nodes had reduced back to their normal size. She felt more comfortable.

In total the treatments, which included hyperbolic oxygen chambers, infrared heart treatments, cold laser therapy, blood transfusions, and dendritic cell therapy, among others, cost £70,000.

But it left the couple bankrupt. And before long, Mrs Britton-Jordan became severely unwell again.

Mr Jordan said: 'She was back in hospital and they said 'that's it - there's nothing more we can do for you'.

Describing the day his wife died, Mr Jordan said: 'When she passed away all the family was around. Pictured: A post on her Facebook page after she died

Describing the day his wife died, Mr Jordan said: 'When she passed away all the family was around. Pictured: A post on her Facebook page after she died

'We had always talked to Delilah about how poorly she was. We explained that we were trying our best.

'But that day we came home and we told her. We had to tell her that Mummy was going to die.'

A celebration of Mrs Britton-Jordan's life was held on Tuesday at Markeaton Crematorium and donations were collected for the Me & Dee Charity, which provided a holiday for the family before her death.

Mr Jordan said: 'It really bothers me when you see adverts saying 'we are winning against cancer'.

'We are losing hand over fist.'

Mexican Lullaby, a song composed by Neil Jordan and Joe Jordan, features a melody Mrs Britton-Jordan used to listen to while relaxing.

Proceeds from purchases of the song are split between the Me & Dee Charity and the Britton-Jordan family.

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