Well­wish­ers rally for Monique

The Northland Age - - Local News -

If learning that his 25-year-old wife Monique had a rapidly grow­ing can­cer­ous lung tu­mour had been hard for Ahipara man Beau Dick­ins, being told that she needed surgery within two weeks, and that it would cost around $50,000, was over­whelm­ing.

Well­wish­ers are ral­ly­ing, how­ever.

As of yes­ter­day more than $40,000 had been given via www.givealit­tle.co.nz/cause/ 2-weeks-to-raise-dol­lar50000­for-monique

The prob­lem is UK-born Monique is not a New Zealand cit­i­zen, although she is ap­ply­ing for res­i­dency.

She, Beau and their chil­dren, 18-month-old Mar­lon and five-month-old Margo, are now well set­tled at Ahipara.

The cou­ple met in the UK while Beau was there play­ing rugby.

“I met her at a bar. “We hit things off pretty quickly and we didn’t mess around,” he said.

They moved to New Zealand in 2017, while Monique was car­ry­ing Mar­lon and with Beau un­able to ob­tain a visa to stay there.

They mar­ried, and Mar­lon ar­rived, but Monique be­came home­sick, so they re­turned to Bri­tain, but not for long.

Preg­nant with Margo, Monique de­cided that she wanted to raise her chil­dren in New Zealand, and, about eight months ago, they made their home at Ahipara.

It was only when she had a chest X-ray, as part of her res­i­dency ap­pli­ca­tion, that Monique was told she had a prob­lem.

“At first it was a shock but then they say it can be 10 dif­fer­ent kinds of things.

“It can be a shadow, it can be an in­fec­tion in your lung, it can be pneu­mo­nia, it can be a tu­mour, it can be cancer. So at the time we were trying not to over-think it, we were trying to be pos­i­tive,” Beau said.

Scans in Auck­land found a rapidly grow­ing can­cer­ous tu­mour that re­quired surgery within two weeks, how­ever.

And be­cause she was not a New Zealand res­i­dent she would have to pay for it. “It breaks your heart. “I’m at home a lot be­cause I’ve got to help with the kids be­cause they’re very close in age and it’s very hard work,” he said.

“And then with that hanging over your head, who the hell can fork out $50,000? It just hits you like a curve ball,” Beau said.

And he was unim­pressed that his wife did not have ac­cess to the pub­lic health sys­tem.

“I think it’s a load of crap. “We’re a solid cou­ple, I’m mar­ried to her, we’ve had two kids in New Zealand,” he said.

“Peo­ple might say ‘Go back to the UK and do it,’ but we’ve got no house in the UK, and Monique’s mum is deal­ing with breast cancer so she can’t help us.”

Monique was “pretty scared but brave”, he said.

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Beau and Monique Dick­ins with their chil­dren, Mar­lon and Margo.

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