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Drugs fight mum is mourned

PUBLISHED: 13:22 27 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:44 23 August 2010

STAFF and students attended the funeral of a former teacher who had been forced to pay for her own cancer drugs. Representatives from Holy Trinity Primary School in Trinity Road, Gravesend, where Nikki Phelps had taught, went to the service on Tuesday.

STAFF and students attended the funeral of a former teacher who had been forced to pay for her own cancer drugs.

Representatives from Holy Trinity Primary School in Trinity Road, Gravesend, where Nikki Phelps had taught, went to the service on Tuesday.

It was held at her parish church, St Peter and St Paul, in Luddesdown.

The 37-year-old mother of twins lost her battle for life just weeks after getting approval for NHS backing for a life-long drug.

She had an unusual form of cancer caused by genetic disorder, multiple endocrine neoplasis, and had spent thousands of pounds paying for the drug herself.

Health chiefs at West Kent NHS said the drug, which costs £36,000 a year or £100 per day, was meant to tackle a different type of cancer, but she fought and won her right to the drug.

Her family were prepared to sell their £200,000 home to pay for the treatment.

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