Single Scots mum dying of cancer desperate to spend final days in native South Africa
11.03.2023 - 15:29
A single mum with cancer given just months to live is desperate to spend her final days in her native South Africa.
Angelique Borel-Saladin, 39, has been living in Scotland for 20 years, but has been battling the disease for the last five of them. Last week she was given the heartbreaking news there is nothing more that can be done.
The mum-of-two, who lives in Inverness, always dreamt of moving to her native Cape Town, but a recent trip made her sure she wanted to spend her remaining time there.
She has since launched a fundraiser to complete the move with two teenage sons, Bruno and Rocko, as well as her two beloved dogs.
Speaking to the Record, Angelique said: "Everything has been completely turned upside down and the rug pulled from under me. My life is a ticking timebomb and I need to get back to South Africa as soon as possible.
"I am really struggling being here on my own in Scotland with no family for support. I've been trying to be strong for my children while managing a life around this illness.
"It's time for me to go home and spend the rest of my time with my family.
"I need my fur babies and my boys by my side otherwise I can't go. Unfortunately, this is extremely pricey as it's no joke sending pets over to the other side of the world.
"I'm doing all I can to go over and sell everything I have to make it work but time is against me and I'm scared I won't make it."
Angelique has faced countless treatments and invasive surgery since she was first diagnosed with cancer in March 2018. After a friend noticed she had lost a lot of weight, she checked herself over in the shower and was horrified to feel a lump on her right breast.
Tests soon confirmed medics' fears that Angelique had cancer. She went through three gruelling