Henry Winter
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Matt Hatcher’s story

Henry Winter
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17 Jul 2013

Matt was diagnosed with leukaemia as a child when survival rates were not as high as they are now. 

“In 1983 I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. I had had the usual symptoms - migraines, bruising and lethargy. My parent also found out they were pregnant with my sister around the same time.

I was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital where I was treated for four years with numerous blood transfusions and chemotherapy. In 1987, the Doctors told us that I was in remission, BUT then in early 1988 I fell ill again and relapsed.

In April 1988, I had a bone barrow transplant - I was in hospital for 18 weeks all told, 9 weeks in complete isolation. My parents were tested to see if they were compatible donors but to no avail.

My four year old sister was tested and she was - I owe my life to her. She had the worst of the treatment in my view - I was just a spectator. I was 8 years old then.  I'm 33 now and still going strong albeit with a few medical problems.

I owe a lot to the doctors and nurses at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Without research into these horrible conditions, I certainly wouldn't have been here. We can all appreciate the work people do for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, but it’s the funds it needs. No funds, no research! Do the maths!”