A MILNSBRIDGE man is appealing for cash help for a lung transplant in America.
Christopher Sheargold, 53, of Lockbridge Way, suffers from emphysema and COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
He cannot get an NHS operation because his condition is classed as smoking-related.
So now he is hoping to go to America for treatment.
But an evaluation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, would cost £15,000 alone.
A lung transplant would add another £60,000.
Mr Sheargold said: "Doctors at the hospital believe I am an ideal candidate.
"The Mayo has a very high success rate for transplant surgery."
Mr Sheargold, a widower, was diagnosed four-and-a- half years ago.
He has been unable to work since then because he has difficulty breathing.
He says he is on the maximum medication his doctors can give him.
Mr Sheargold used to smoke up to 20 cigarettes a day for 10 to 15 years.
Friends in America told him about the Mayo Clinic and his medical records have been faxed over.
Doctors at the hospital are prepared to do an evaluation to see if he is suitable for the operation. This involves a week's hospital stay in America and a series of tests and scans.
Mr Sheargold's mother, Connie Foxwell, 78, who lives near him, said: "It would give him a new lease of life. He cannot have a normal life now."
A fundraising drive is being launched after a charity trust was set up.
Christian singers and musicians are travelling from London to give a concert in Huddersfield towards the end of next month or early November.
It will be at St Patrick's Centre.
Other events are being organised for the bid to get the cash for Mr Sheargold.
Donations can be made to the Christopher Sheargold Trust Fund at National Westminster, Market Place, Huddersfield HD1 2AN, or through any bank, quoting account number 61028908, sort code 53 61 07.
Mr Sheargold can be phoned on 01484 649412.