Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I'm So Grateful to Be Alive. It's Incredible'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I'm So Grateful to Be Alive. It's Incredible'

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PETER Threader owes his life to a donor found through Anthony Nolan. Two years ago Peter, who is 65 and lives in Stockport, went for a routine blood test but doctors soon discovered that something was seriously wrong. Peter, who lives with his wife Mary, was semiretired and worked as an assistant to a criminal barrister in Manchester. The 65-year-old, who has three children and four grandchildren, had a genetic blood disorder called haemochromatosis which meant that his body absorbed too much iron from his food. In September 2011 he went for what he believed was a routine blood test. But the test showed that the platelet count in his blood was low and he was sent for a bone marrow biopsy. The biopsy told doctors that he had bone marrow failure and in January 2012 he was diagnosed with hypoplastic myelodysplasia, a form of blood cancer in which the white blood cells affect the red blood cells. The news came completely out of the blue. He said: "I didn't feel unwell at all so it really was a surprise to be told that I had a life- threatening blood disorder. "I really had no symptoms at all, absolutely none."

The condition was very serious with few possible treatments and so doctors soon started talking to him about a bone marrow transplant. Peter was in good health for his age and was leading a fairly active life. His twin sister was tested to see if she was a match but she had a very different tissue type. With the help of the Andrew Nolan database a young British man was found who was the perfect match. And so in May 2012 Mr Threader had the bone marrow transplant In preparation he had to endure seven days of chemotherapy.

The transplant itself was relatively quick and painless - no worse than a blood transfusion. Peter had to spend four weeks in isolation in the hospital to protect him from any infection and any visitors had to scrub down twice before they were able to see him. …

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