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Darlington dad battles back after years of health problems
A NORTH-EAST father-of-three has told how a routine check-up following a heart attack nine years ago led to another life-threatening health problem being identified.
Kevin Scott, from Darlington, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 2010, which left him needing a bone marrow transplant.
The search for a donor for the 56-year-old became more urgent when doctors discovered leukaemic cells.
He had 19 per cent leukaemic cells, with 20 per cent classed as full-blown leukaemia.
Checks of the national organ donor register proved fruitless and it was only when the search was widened to include people living abroad that a match was found – a 19-year-old in Germany.
Mr Scott had the procedure in April last year and is now in remission, despite suffering a setback in the form of graft-versus-host disease, when the transplanted tissue rejects the recipient.
He said: “I was on ‘watch and wait’ for two years, but it got more aggressive and I developed leukaemic cells and had to go ahead with the transplant.
“Out of 380,000 people on the register, they could not find a match for me. So they went on to the international register and found five matches.
“I was quite shocked to hear my donor was so young, how many 19-year-old kids would think to do something like that?”
Mr Scott, who hopes to return to work as a finance director for the Church of England shortly, is full of gratitude for his anonymous donor and was able to send him a thank-you card, also anonymously.
The card was sent via the Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity, an organisation Mr Scott is indebted to.
He said: “I would be dead if it was not for them. If they had come back and said they could not find a donor, I was at the point where I could not wait.
“It would have turned, within a matter of weeks, into full-blown leukaemia.”
His wife, Janet, will take part in a fundraising work-out for Anthony Nolan, outside the Penthouse gym, in Skinnergate, Darlington, on Wednesday (October 2) morning.
Mrs Scott also took part in the Great North Run for the charity.
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