Recipient of a transplant

PATRICK'S STEM CELL TRANSPLANT

I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in January 2015. Following a gruelling few months undergoing chemotherapy, my neutrophils failed to recover and my only hope was a stem cell transplant.

Only one match was found on the world donor register, but unfortunately circumstances meant that the donor was not available for four weeks - which would have been too late. 

The last resort was to have a stem cell transplant using umbilical cord blood.  Doctors studied the blood from various umbilical cords available in the blood banks and came up with the best matches.  Stem cells from two were used and the transplant took place on 6th August 2015.  I was desperately ill for weeks afterwards, but with the help of a supportive family and the amazing medical team at Nottingham City Hospital I pulled through; it is nothing short of a miracle.

I now appreciate every day and feel very lucky to have had such amazing treatment on the NHS.