A 33-year-old Google employee, whose broken arm couldn’t heal, found that he had brain cancer that left him bedridden for months.
James McGill’s weight dropped to just 37 kg – and he struggled after doctors gave him 24 to 48 hours to live in May.
The senior account manager, who works on Google’s media team in Dublin, said he broke his arm a few years ago but it never seemed to heal properly.
Then in December, he lost strength in his left leg and stumbled a lot.
Soon after, James lost the ability to swallow or drink.
James went to the hospital in January and, after an MRI, learned the devastating news that he had lymphoma in his brain.
But he keeps fighting and is determined to be home for Christmas.
James’ friends have one Gofundme Side for him in hopes of raising £ 100,000 for the renovation work needed to make his home habitable for his condition.
James shared his story, saying, “I broke my arm a few years ago, but it never seemed to heal properly.
“I was slowly starting to lose motion so I went to a couple of advisors but they didn’t really have an answer.
“Last December, I was slowly losing strength in my left leg and tripping a lot. So I booked myself for an MRI scan and they found a lesion in my brain.
“When I heard the results, I was with my parents. I took the call and collapsed in my father’s arms when I told him what it was.
“It wasn’t long before I lost the ability to swallow or drink.
“They did an operation to find out what it was and it turned out to be lymphoma. I’ve been bedridden ever since.”
Due to the lockdown, James couldn’t have any visitors other than his parents.
He said, “I couldn’t even tell them in person because they weren’t allowed that day. I had to tell them on FaceTime.
“By May I was drastically underweight – I’d gone from 60 kg to 37 kg in a few months.
“At one point the doctors said I had 24 hours to live – but I didn’t know anything about it. I hallucinated that I was going to have dinner with Kim Kardashian in London.
“Somehow I managed to get through it and I think I’m getting a little better.
“I had several rounds of chemo, which was a big battle for the mind and body. Every time I fought hard. The medical team here in Beaumont was amazing.
“I want to come home for Christmas now. That’s the goal. After my whereabouts, it would mean anything if I could.
“The house needs a lot of adjustments to make it habitable. I need hoists on the ceiling, extensions below, it’s going to be a lot of work.
“My friends set up GoFundMe to get me some presents because they knew I was unhappy and I told them I didn’t like the hospital towels.
“It’s overwhelming to see how much money has been raised so far. It has really given me a boost in the past few days because it shows how many people are in my corner.”
The fundraising page set up for James states, “I don’t think any of us have ever seen anyone fight as hard as James does every day.
“He had 24 to 48 hours to live in May and since then has defied all the odds that have come against him and focused on one goal: to get out of the hospital bed and go with his family for Christmas Home. “
To donate to the Gofundme, Click here.