NHS doctor, 40, dies from skin cancer

NHS doctor, 40, dies from skin cancer she was diagnosed with while working 10-hour shifts saving lives during Covid pandemic

  • Dr Jessi Tucker, 40, received her devastating skin cancer diagnosis last March
  • The beloved NHS doctor worked 10-hour shifts to save lives during the pandemic
  • She passed away surrounded by family on Friday after condition deteriorated 

A beloved NHS doctor has died after being diagnosed with cancer while working 10-hour shifts to save lives during pandemic.

Dr Jessi Tucker, 40, received her devastating skin cancer diagnosis on the first day of the Covid-19 lockdown last March.

After using up all of her sick leave whilst undergoing immunotherapy and no longer receiving NHS sick pay, Jessi’s loved ones rushed to raise money to pay for more treatment but it was too late.

Her closest friend Caroline Walker updated Jessi’s fundraising page yesterday to say that her beloved friend had sadly passed away surrounded by family on Friday night.

Dr Jessi Tucker, 40, has died after being diagnosed with cancer while working 10-hour shifts to save lives during pandemic

Dr Tucker received her devastating skin cancer diagnosis on the first day of the Covid-19 lockdown last March

Jessi’s loved ones rushed to raise money to pay for more treatment but it was too late

Writing on the GoFundMe page that she had organised for Jessi’s treatment, Caroline said: ‘I am sorry to share with you some very sad news in this update.

‘Jessi’s condition deteriorated quite quickly in recent weeks and days. And last night, in the comfort of St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol, she passed away. She was with her family and at peace.

‘Your beautiful words of support and generous donations meant so much to Jessi and her family over the past few months.

‘Jessi wanted you to know that any outstanding funds from this fundraiser will be distributed amongst a small selection of her chosen charities, supporting those causes she held closest to her heart – healthcare, animals and nature.

Despite undergoing intense immunotherapy, Jessi’s initial stage 3 melanoma progressed to stage 4 

To make matters worse Jessi, from Bristol, had used up all her NHS sick leave whilst undergoing cancer treatment – and was no longer receiving sick pay from work

‘On a personal note, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support for my dear friend, a special soul who touched more lives than we will ever know.’

Despite undergoing intense immunotherapy, Jessi’s initial stage 3 melanoma progressed to stage 4 – the most aggressive stage – and she was told at the start of the year that she could have just nine months to live.

To make matters worse Jessi, from Bristol, had used up all her NHS sick leave whilst undergoing cancer treatment – and was no longer receiving sick pay from work.

Caroline set up a GoFundMe page to help support Jessi when she started a new course of dual immunotherapy back in January 2021 that could have left her permanently unable to care for herself.

The fundraising page raised over £15,000 in the four weeks since it was set up and has now stopped at just over £23,000 with Caroline disabling it for future donations.

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