The family of a man who faces having his hand and two feet amputated after being struck down with a rare disease while on holiday, have set up a fundraising page so he can get the best possible prosthetics.

Matthew Parkes, 38, from Bramhall, was celebrating his fifth wedding anniversary in Majorca with his wife Pamela, and their daughter Sophia. Just three days in, he developed a ‘sore throat’. He then suffered pneumonia, organ failure, septic shock and lost a lung.

The family onboard a flight to Majorca, before Matthew became ill Credit:

He was treated in Spanish hospitals for weeks before a bed became available at Wythenshawe Hospital.

Matthew has now been diagnosed with Castleman Disease - a rare lymph node condition. He needs chemotherapy to fight it.


Pamela Parkes says she hopes that any money raised will enable her husband to 'have the best possible start on his long road to recovery'.

Writing on the fundraising page, she said:

"This is a story of how life can turn on a sixpence and turn a family holiday into a medical nightmare. [...] Matthew now needs multiple amputations and this page is to raise funds for appropriate prosthetics, to enable him to have the best possible start on his long road to recovery.

Pamela Parkes, Matthew's wife

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