HEARTLESS thieves have taken away the lifeline of a terminally-ill cancer patient.
A swimming pool filter pump used by Maggi Loveland, who has pancreatic cancer and swims to ease the pain, was stolen from the garden of her home by the callous raiders.
The theft of the 3ft by 2ft device, which contained 50kg of sand, from the marquee which houses her pool, took place between Tuesday last week and this Tuesday.
Ms Loveland, 54, of Coldermeadow Avenue, Corby, said: “I have the pool so that I have warm water to swim in – it’s the only exercise I can get and when the pool can be brought up to temperature I swim a mile every day.
“I’m not going to be able to do that without a filter. It’s not very sensible to swim in unfiltered water anyway but having cancer and chemotherapy and a weakened immune system it is dicing with death.
“I was absolutely devastated. I can’t explain how the exercise makes me feel. It releases endorphins.
“In September last year I was given six months to live – without the pool I think probably they would have been right.
“Being able to swim it makes me feel better, it strengthens me and fights off the cancer that’s killing me.”
The pump was discovered missing on Tuesday morning by Ms Loveland’s friend Bob Lawless, who checks it regularly for her.
He said he fears the thieves may have been keeping watch over the pump for two weeks previously as it had been switched off.
Mr Lawless said he put it down to a power cut until it disappeared.
He said: “These people don’t realise it has shortened her life and served her with a death sentence. When Maggi is swimming she is happy. It eases her joints and keeps her body fighting the cancer.
“It is disgusting. They are scum.”
Police carried out door-to-door inquires in the area following the theft.
PC John Rista said: “This was a large item, weighing approximately 11 stone, so someone may have noticed the offenders removing it from the property or into a vehicle.
“The victim is unable to carry out most recreational activities apart from swimming, and now this has been taken away from her.
“We urge anyone with any information or who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area to contact us on 101.”