Fundraising Burntwood teen Stephen Sutton closes in on £3million mark

Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton

A terminally ill Burntwood teenager has seen his fundraising drive near the £3million mark as it was revealed he had “literally coughed up a tumour”.

Stephen Sutton’s campaign to raise £1million for the Teenage Cancer Trust has drawn attention around the world as people have been rushing to donate towards the 19-year-old’s cause.

But as many are also glued to his Facebook page for updates – with the latest revealing his most “fortunate twist” yet.

“I developed a slight cough which slowly got worse,” he wrote. “After some visitors I had round in the evening left I tried sitting up in a chair, but straight away started asking the nurse to increase my oxygen levels as I was getting extremely short of breath.

“I then returned to my bed where I stabilised slightly for a while, but my breathing was still not right.

“the coughing increased and then suddenly the shortness of breath became incredibly severe. Amongst frantic hand pointing and panicking I felt like I was like suffocating. Then I forced out an oval red stained solid object through my mouth.

“My breathing and airway straight away felt clearer, but I spent the next hour violently coughing and choking, but then eventually my breathing once again stabilised.

“Since then, my breathing has dramatically improved.

“I’m really stuck for the words of how to describe it. The doctors have discussed what’s happened and the only plausible conclusion is that I’ve literally coughed up a tumour that was blocking my airway.

“My lungs are still pretty messy with other tumours and clots affecting my overall condition but, for now at least, I am in a good stable state. I have no immediate problems and in fact feel better than I did when I first came into hospital last Sunday.

“It’s still a case of taking each day as it comes, but at the moment the days just keep on coming.”

Coldplay backing Stephen Sutton's campaign

Coldplay backing Stephen Sutton’s campaign

The weekend also saw a sell-out comedy gig by Jason Manford in Birmingham in aid of Stephen’s fundraising efforts.

The Manchester funnyman has been instrumental in keeping the campaign going, with a celebrity #thumbsupforStephen initiative seeing a host of high profile names taking pictures to raise awareness.

Among the latest big names to join in are Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, actor David Tennant, West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster and Coldplay.

“This whole week has been pretty unbelievable,” Stephen said. “I can barely fully get my head around everthing that has gone on.”

People can still donate to Stephen via his JustGiving page.

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