An A&E doctor from Bristol has died after facing a brave battle with cancer.
Jessi Tucker, 40, had been battling aggressive skin cancer over the past year after being diagnosed at the start of the pandemic.
On Friday night Jessi passed away at St Peter’s Hospice surrounded by her family.
The news of her death was shared yesterday on a fundraiser page set up by her friend Caroline Walker.
The update read: “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.
“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.
“With all my love, Caroline.”
Jessi was diagnosed with stage three melanoma skin cancer at the start of the pandemic, when she was working 10-hour shifts saving lives.
Back in January, she spoke about how she felt the moment she got the call that she had stage-three melanoma.
She said: “It felt like the ground fell away from me, everything went very still. It was very surreal like stepping into a nightmare.
“After the phone call ended, I howled. I have never made that sound before. My body jittered. I paced. I swore. I cried.”
She also spoke about how the Covid crisis had made battling her illness harder but that support of people around her had blown her away.
“People have been really kind,” she said at the time. “Not just my family and friends, but nurses and doctors, some of them I have only met once.
“None of us know what’s going to happen. I could be knocked over by a car tomorrow.”
The GoFundMe page raised £23,500 to support Jessi during her illness.
Caroline said: “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.”