A grandmother of seven has been left stranded on the other side of the country from her family after contracting an infection that could kill her.Â
Rhona Lupau had booked the holiday of a lifetime with her husband Steve that would see the couple fly from their home in Perth to Sydney, where they would embark on a cruise around New Zealand.
But in a devastating twist, the 64-year-old was diagnosed with terminal cancer in her brain, breast and lungs.Â
After aggressive treatment, she was given the all clear to travel. But during the trip Rhonda contracted bacterial meningitis, leaving her fighting for life, miles – and thousands of dollars – away from home.
Perth grandmother Rhonda Lupau (pictured) is fighting for life in Sydney after contracting bacterial meningitis while holidaying with her husband
Rhonda (centre) was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year, but had been cleared to travel by her doctorsÂ
While Rhonda had travel insurance, the company told her their liability ceased the moment she landed in Sydney, and a medivac flight back to Perth will cost the family $65,000.
Desperate to see the beloved grandmother through the fight of her life, Rhonda’s husband and children are staying by her side until she is stable enough to board the flight – and her husband is considering selling his home to help pay for it.
Rhonda is not able to speak, meaning she needs constant care – which has become expensive for her Perth-based family to provide in Sydney.
According to a GoFundMe set up by the family, Steve is determined to stay by her side – no matter what the cost.Â
Despite having travel insurance, Mrs Lupau (pictured) was not covered for a medivac flight to Perth and is fighting for her life, thousands of miles from homeÂ
‘(Dad) has to draw money from his super, he was at one stage talking about selling the family home,’ his daughter Rebecca Smith told Nine News.Â
‘He won’t leave her there, and there is a possibility she won’t ever come home so he might have to live there until the end.’Â
Leading up to Christmas, her granddaughter Georgia said the family are even more desperate to fly the family matriarch back to the west coast, where she can be surrounded by her loved ones.
‘We want nothing more than to bring Rhonda home to Perth to be treated among her family and friends,’ she wrote on the campaign.Â
Rhonda’s (pictured) family are desperate to have her – and her husband, who won’t leave her side –Â home as soon as possible, so they are fundraising to pay for her to be airlifted back to the west coastÂ