Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell who played Zoe Tate is suffering from a horrible Disease, Needs urgent treatment

Hope is still in sight for former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell as she struggles with terminal lung cancer. The 50 year old has managed to collect the target amount of £ 50,000 required for her immunotherapy treatment in Germany.


A last minute bid by the entire cast of Emmerdale has helped Leah reach the amount which till a few days back was still at £40,000. With the amount now raised for treatment, Bracknell has a fighting chance against the disease.

1 Diagnosed with lung cancer just six weeks ago

Leah Bracknell who played Zoe Tate in Emmerdale from 1989 to 2005 was diagnosed with the fatal life threatening lung cancer just six weeks ago. She was on the verge of returning to the comedy show for a second run. Till she had been diagnosed with the disease, she was healthy and even taught Yoga. But suddenly her world crashed.


Incidentally, Bracknell is also a mother of two children.

It was heartwarming to know that fans responded positively to her cry for help. By 10th Oct she had collected £40,000 receiving almost £2000 form a single anonymous donor. The star vowed that she will not give up her fight against the disease and would not feel sorry for herself. ‘Do NOT imagine me sitting here writing through a veil of tears. I am not. Or feeling sorry for myself. I am not (yet)”. ‘My priority is getting well and strong, so that I can continue to endeavour to be a good, mother, daughter, wife, or at least the best I can”.

Leah Bracknell who played Zoe Tate in Emmerdale

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2 Cancer survival rates are higher in Germany

Emmerdale Star Leah Bracknell will be treated at the private Hallwang clinic in Germany. The clinic features the highest cancer survival rates in all of Europe and operates under the minimum regulations. As a result it is free to try out therapies and medication not yet declared safe in Britain.


The costs for lung cancer treatment at the Hallwang clinic ranges between £9000 to £27,000 pounds every week. Patients receive five star treatments and receive the highest quality food. The Clinic’s specialized immunotherapy manipulates the body’s immune system to attack cancer tumours and cells preventing the disease from spreading.

Leah Bracknell discussing about cancer

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3 Bracknell, an inspiration among fans

Bracknell discovered she had lung cancer when she found difficulty in climbing stairs one day. She took ill a few days later after her abdomen started swelling and was hospitalized to undergo emergency procedures that removed fluid from her chest. She could have died had she not undergone the process in time. It was then that doctors told her she was suffering from inoperable lung cancer.

Husband Jez Hughes who is a natural healing therapist has also requested Mexican shamans to be present at the hospital where they will attempt their own healing process. Hughes has also set up a Gofundme campaign to raise money for similar expensive treatments. According to Jez, Leah is a loving partner and mother who has inspired many by her Yoga. Bracknell has appeared in films and has also won awards for her portrayal as Jenny Carrington in the Royal Today in 2008. However to her fans she is best known as Zoe Tate the lesbian character in Emmerdale where she has been seen for 16 years.

Bracknell with Husband Jez Hughes

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4 Lung cancer has no early warning symptoms

Lung cancer affects almost 44,500 people in the UK alone where early warning symptoms do not exist which is the main cause of fatality of the disease. The eventual symptoms are coughing blood, persistent cough, tiredness, weight loss, weight loss and pain while coughing.


Lung cancer usually attacks people after 40 and is diagnosed commonly during the ages of 70-74. While smoking is the prime cause of lung cancer, even non smokers are liable to get the dreaded disease as a result of inhaling toxic substances. Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell may now have a high chance of survival once her treatment starts and we hope and wish all the best for her.

Warning symptoms of Lung cancer

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