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Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Kiritea Morehu for "My Husbannd"

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The Doctor’s diagnosis of ‘6 - 12 months’ left to live, isn't long enough time to watch both his two sons, grow into teens.

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The Doctor’s diagnosis of ‘6 - 12 months’ left to live, isn't enough time to watch both his two sons, ages eleven and nine, grow into teens.

Hi my name is Kiritea Morehu. I'm thirty-three years and I'm in need of your help to keep myhubby Andrew Hercus (fourty one years) alive.

In February 2019, Andrew had a mole removed from behind his ear which

had been giving him grief. In March a biopsy and CT scan showed that Andrew was carrying the mutation B-RAF gene. Suddenly, we were no longer dealing with a little misbehaving mole, but with the diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic melanoma a terminal cancer, with a 6 - 12 months life expectancy.

He had surgery to remove the primary, 7 nodes and his left salivary gland;

leaving a 30cm scar line from the top of his left ear, around, down to his upper chest. This caused nerve damage making every swallow, even of his own saliva, like shards of glass moving down his throat. He also lost the use of his left arm. We were hoping this was temporary.

Unfortunately in April a PET scan showed that the surgery did not get all the cancer and it had spread into his spinal bone. An MRI and second CT scan also showed masses in his liver and lung causing


We did four months of immunotherapy treatment. Our hope was that by using

Pembrolizumab (Keytruda), an IV administered drug, Andrew’s internal cancer cells would be targeted from growing any bigger.

We expected the side effects: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, thermal issues etc. But I didn’t realize that that meant there might not be any hot water left in our cylinder by dinner time from all the clean-up, or that he'd be so cold, I'd have to light the fire even if it was a hot day outside, or that I'd have to spoon feed him crushed electrolyte ice blocks, just to make sure he was hydrated.

In May, two weeks of daily Radiation was targeted at the primary site on his head to prevent the tumour from spitting out into new ones.

It is dis-heartening to say that all the funded ways to fight this cancer have failed.

We have now been given the opportunity to try a targeted treatment for the B-RAF gene. Its called Cotellic and Zelborah a combination drug which is taken orally and daily, indefinitely. This Medication fights the cancer every time he takes them. Its hoped to give him up to five years of a better quality of life.

Only probably is, it's a "self-funded" medication that costs $10,031.90 a month!

Andrew has always been a hardworking man who barely ever got sick. Physio and nerve medication have helped him to be able to swallow and use his left arm again, but he hasn't been able to work at

all this year due to the nasty nature of this disease. We have been living on my single income since his work pay ran out not long after his surgery. Both Andrew and I worked so hard to buy the house over our heads that we never travelled as a family and we were slowly building a holiday fund and thought we could go once the boys were teenagers.

Unfortunately, due to this year’s life changing circumstances our holiday funds have already been dwindled to pay for the first unfunded treatment. We had lots of plans, but now time and money are running out.

Imagine what it would feel like to know that there is a treatment out there that could give you more time with your loved one, but that you couldn’t afford it…

Please, would you consider giving a little to help alleviate the financial stress of ongoing medical treatment costs, our expenses due to the loss of income, and our desire to create a few lasting memories for our sons to remember their father.

I appreciate your time in reading this and hope you are able to help, any amount is highly appreciated.

A Hopeful Wife and children who still believe in miracles …

Kiritea Morehu's involvement (page creator)

Im his wife, we have two children together and he has been diagnosed with terminal Cancer which his medication is unfunded at $10,031.90 per month. We need help

Use of funds

ongoing medical costs of over $10031.90 per month indefinitely, including travel to hospitals, and other medication script, as well as general financial hardship due to reduced income.

Latest update

Our 2019 melanoma journey   24 February 2020

Posted by: Kiritea Morehu

Thank you all for following our journey, we have left this page up for everyone to still be able to read through our journey from the beginning. Our new page created is our 2020 journey with all the new obstacles we face.

Thank you for your ongoing support towards our wee family

Kiri, Andrew, Tyler and Kobi

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Latest donations

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 06 Feb 2020



  • Katrina & Rob

    Katrina & Rob on 31 Jan 2020



    • Kiritea Morehu

      Thanks Katrina and Rob. Your kindness is truly appreciated

  • Steve

    Steve on 31 Jan 2020


    Thinking of you & the family


    • Kiritea Morehu

      Thank you Steve, you didn't need to do that, I just wantedcto updated you all at where he stands at the end of this page. Many thanks Kiri

  • Louise

    Louise on 09 Jan 2020


    Best wishes


    • Kiritea Morehu

      Thank you louise.

  • Lilly

    Lilly on 07 Jan 2020



    • Kiritea Morehu

      🖤❤ Thank you Lilly for your kindness 🖤❤

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