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I cried when I read the ar­ti­cle about Gabriel’s stroke, his treat­ment and the won­der­ful out­come (

Sept 13-14). Almost ex­actly 20 years ago our son Jamie, aged 22, was di­ag­nosed with Aplas­tic anaemia, when bone mar­row stops pro­duc­ing blood cells. It has a very low sur­vival rate.

After many months in and out of hos­pi­tal in Ade­laide, we found a donor, and he had a bone mar­row trans­plant in Mel­bourne. After many weeks, and ex­tra­or­di­nary med­i­cal care, in­clud­ing tri­alling a new tech­nique, the graft was suc­cess­ful and he has been well ever since.

When he mar­ried sev­eral years later, we sent pho­tos to the doc­tors, which made them very happy.

You can never thank the teams who carry out th­ese ex­tra­or­di­nary med­i­cal achieve­ments enough. He­len Adams Marino

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