Cornwall cancer woman Gemma Kerswell faces £11,000 bill

Gemma Kerswell
Image caption Gemma Kerswell is being treated at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth

A woman from Cornwall with terminal cancer is facing a medical bill of more than £11,000 after falling ill during a holiday in America.

Gemma Kerswell's family decided to book a last holiday to Florida, but no-one would give them health insurance.

Mrs Kerswell, 30, felt well so they decided to go, but she developed pneumonia during the trip.

The family is now organising a fundraising walk to help pay the bill.

Last February Mrs Kerswell, from Saltash, was told she had only six months to live after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Her husband Dave said: "She's just determined to live her life to the full and enjoy every moment."

On the day she was meant to fulfil a lifelong dream by swimming with dolphins, she contracted pneumonia and was admitted to intensive care at the Celebration Hospital.

Mrs Kerswell discharged herself from the US hospital after three days and is now recovering in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

'She's embarrassed really'

Mr Kerswell said: "She just wanted to come home and get better.

"She's quite embarrassed really. She's not a fame-seeking person.

"She's really overwhelmed and can't believe how everybody has pulled together."

Mrs Kerswell's family, who have already raised £3,000, have arranged a walk in Central Park on 5 February to raise money for the Gemma Kerswell Fund.

Mrs Kerswell's cousin Tonia Couch and fellow diving champion Brooke Graddon are expected to be among the supporters.

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