A woman with terminal illness finds unlikely help in her ex-husband’s new wife. Many netizens were also amazed with their story, especially because most people would hate their spouse’s old partner and vice versa!
Nicola Hitchen is a 41-year-old mother of two young boys in Chester, United Kingdom. One day, she complained about feeling pain and doctor’s first thought it was from a previous operation. But her condition quickly turned to worse and she was moved to the ICU due to a stage 2 cervical condition.
After spending 7 weeks in intensive care, her family learned that her condition still progressed so quickly and as already at stage 4. Doctors at the hospital she was confined in refused to further operate, telling the family that her condition is already in its advanced stage and there was nothing they could do.
But Nicola still wanted to live. She found other options online and was soon on her way to Istanbul, Turkey to find treatment for her ‘inoperable’ condition. The doctors in Turkey removed the growth in her abdomen and managed to shrink the ones in her spine, liver, and lungs.
While was getting better, Nicola was also spending so much on the treatment. The major surgery was for $105k but the return trips to Turkey for the succeeding treatments were also at $13k each.
It came to a point when she really needed help from family and friends to fund the treatment or she couldn’t get the life-saving procedures. Help came from the most unlikely ally – her ex-husband’s new wife.
Understanding what Nicola is going through and also thinking of her stepsons, Clare Hitchen stepped in to help. Clare setup a crowdfunding campaign for Nicola, raising money for her treatments.
“Niki is my husband’s ex-wife and amazing Mum to Joe and Jake,” Clare wrote.
“Niki continues to put them first throughout all of her treatment. Joe and Jake are also amazing big brothers to our 3 year old daughter and she adores them as they do her. We can do this!!!”
Thanks to Clare’s help, Nicola received over $68k from netizens who were all amazed by what she is doing for her husband’s ex-wife.
Nicola was quite overwhelmed by what Clare has done for her as well as by the tremendous support she received online.
“I’m completely overwhelmed – everyone, especially Clare, has been amazing. I didn’t think people liked me that much … It’s brought us all even closer together. The support I’ve been given has been phenomenal, not just from my family but from complete strangers too,” Nicola said.
What an amazing story…