This Is Why the ‘Below Deck’ Crew Is Rallying Around Emily Warburton-Adams
For many crew members on Below Deck, the team becomes a family. Crew members from various seasons meet up and support each other, celebrating birthdays, but also providing support during challenging times.
Most recently, the Below Deck gang is sharing one crew member’s plea for help on social media. Emily Warburton-Adams, a second stew on season four is trying to raise funds to help with her father’s journey home after being treated for an aggressive form of colon cancer in Malasia. Warburton-Adams was a fan favorite on the show with her bright smile and easy going personality. Plus, fans rooted for her relationship with Chef Ben Robinson.
However, today Warburton-Adams is facing a serious battle and shares her family’s story on Just Giving.
Tragedy struck while her father was on a business trip
Warburton-Adams’ father fell ill while on a business trip to Malasia in August. While there he was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. The aggressive cancer had already spread to her father’s lymph nodes, liver, lungs, skin, muscle, bones, and brain.
“With cancer this aggressive & advanced, he had to start Chemotherapy treatment immediately,” she wrote on Just Giving. “We were told he couldn’t fly home to the UK until his condition had strengthened; it was just too risky. And so we flew out to Malaysia.”
The family rushes to his side
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I didn’t think that I would ever have to do something as heartwrenching as this, especially for my own daddy. The man who’s been my rock since day one, supporting me through thick and thin and inspiring me to aim higher than I ever thought possible has stage 4 colorectal cancer. When we heard the news 3 months ago, I felt like everything dissolved into insignificance around me. Life was immediately viewed from a different perspective. Not knowing how to respond to the information, and everything being so fresh I haven’t wanted or known how to share the news. I am aware that for a lot of people social media is an escape from the struggles of everyday life, a break from our problems and stresses and I try to provide a platform that supports this. I love sharing my journey and thoughts with you all and its been with some trepidation that I am now asking for your help. Believe me, the situation I find myself in is one that I can barely process. Most of you will have seen that I’ve spent some time in Malaysia recently and I go again on Saturday. This is not me going on holiday but to visit my daddy, where he found out that he had cancer after being rushed to hospital while on busines. It had spread through his Lymph nodes to his liver, lungs, bones and to shadow the brain. I know that many may be able to relate to the pain of a parent or family member having cancer and the importance of being with them to support them as much as possible. I’m sharing this now because my sister and I have set up a @justgiving Page raising funds to fly him home to the U.K for Christmas, and into the care of an @nhsenglandldn oncologist that we have organised. The flight he needs due to the medical circumstances costs a tearful amount but we want to do all we can go fly him home to be with his friends and family. I have attached the #JustGiving link into my bio so that you can read the ins and outs in more detail. I feel incredibly lucky to have this supportive platform and from me, my sister and little brother we would be beyond grateful for any donation or sharing, small or large. Thank you so much Ems xx
Since Warburton-Adams’ father could not leave Malasia, she and her sister Isabella flew to him. They spent three weeks with him in the hospital while he received treatment. Warburton-Adams and her sister flew home and planned for their father to be transported back to the UK once he was pain-free and strong enough to fly.
“But that’s not what happened,” Warburton-Adams wrote. “Three months later we’re preparing to fly back, to visit him in a deteriorated condition. He’s lost the ability to use his legs due to cancer in his muscles and calf bones, he is bedridden and in need of 24/7 care, assisted by his partner who‘s had to stop work completely.”
The situation is dire
Warburton-Adams writes that she can’t believe only four short months ago she was holding her father’s hand while walking down the street. Warburton-Adams’ father has had a” liver stent operation, lung drainage, many scans and dialysis post renal failure caused by an overdose of medication due to a lack of communication between his care team.” Additionally, the primary tumor DNA was sent for “DNA Sequencing in Arizona for targeted chemo, giving him the best chances of a longer life.”
As a result, funding to provide healthcare in Malasia has dwindled. So the family is racing to get him home to the UK for treatment.
This is Warburton-Adams’ plea
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Happy New Year. 2016 has come with some of the best memories, experiences and opportunities … And I'm leaving moving into the new year with this amazing man @benstogram – I couldn't have asked for anything more. Bring on 2017 #Bemily #hermitage #travel #experiences #yachtstew #belowdeck #bravotv #englishemily #chefbenrobinson #loveyou #happy #mybaby @lipsylondon #newyears
Warburton-Adams’ wants to get her father home in time for Christmas. But he is so weak and ill he cannot simply hop a plane and fly home. “We discussed options with The British Consulate, his care team and EMS-247 (Emergency Medical Services), but his medical condition means that he is unable to be repatriated home via the normal EMS service,” she wrote.
The family has two options. A “sectioned area of a commercial flight with medical assistance, where he can lie down the whole duration, or fly him via an Air Ambulance.”
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