Plea for Kent mother with terminal cancer to be allowed to travel to US for 'life-saving' treatment

A mother from Ashford in Kent, who has terminal cancer, is urging the Government to let her travel to America so she can receive potentially life-saving treatment.

Sarah Wright, 33, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2018.

She was told it was incurable one month after giving birth to her daughter Everleigh last year.

Sarah has now been accepted onto a drugs trial in California which could save her life.

The drug, leronlimab, is not currently available on the NHS.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel to the US from the UK has been severely limited, preventing the family from travelling.

It would mean just everything to us. It's difficult to explain really or quantify. It just means absolutely the world to us because we've run out of options here in the UK really and truthfully and this gives us a little rare hope for us."

Adam Wright, Sarah's husband

The couple discovered Sarah was pregnant and had triple-negative breast cancer in the same week in November 2018.

After a pregnancy interspersed with rounds of chemotherapy, Sarah gave birth on July 2, before being told cancer had spread to a lymph node behind her sternum, her liver and lungs just weeks later.

The family has since tried a series of treatments in an attempt to save her, including a clinical trial on atezolizumab at Maidstone Hospital and most recently five sessions of carboplatin chemotherapy treatment.

In April this year, the NHS told Sarah it could no longer help her, so her husband Adam contacted the clinic in San Francisco and started a social media campaign, #SaveSarahGray, to encourage leaders to allow her to travel to the trial.

The family is also exploring the possibility of Sarah being able to receive leronlimab in the UK through their oncologist.

The drug, which is also being tested as a cure for Covid-19, is not currently available as a cancer treatment on the NHS but is occasionally used for HIV patients.

The family also contacted their local MP, Damian Green, who they say is "on the case" with Parliament and the UK's ambassador to the US.

There's two things that need to happen. First of all that the Americans will let them in because they're being very strict on flights into the country. Obviously the other thing that matters in this case is speed that all of this goes through as fast as possible."

Damian Green MP, Ashford, Con