Man takes leap back to life to say thank you

Michael Carratt getting ready for his charity parachute jump, pictured with his wife Stacey, step-daughter Emily and son Finlay. SG090715-123TW
Michael Carratt getting ready for his charity parachute jump, pictured with his wife Stacey, step-daughter Emily and son Finlay. SG090715-123TW
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A Spalding man recovering from gruelling chemotherapy following a stem cell transplant is hoping to take a leap back into health – and say thank you to those who have helped him along the way.

Michael Carratt, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2013, is planning to do a skydive in September to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, just two years after the operation which helped to save his life.

Every day is a struggle. I need to give my body time for my new immune system to take over

Michael Carratt

Thirty-six-year-old Michael said the day he was diagnosed was a massive shock for everyone.

He said: “My GP said I could go home and pack for hospital or he would drive me there.

“I was in Pilgrim Hospital within an hour and started chemotherapy immediately.

“The prognosis wasn’t good and the following day I was transferred to Lincoln Hospital’s Waddington Ward.

“After a couple of days I was transferred again to the Toghill Ward in Nottingham. I underwent three stages of chemotherapy and spent a good while in isolation due to neutropenia.

“I was then admitted to Nottingham’s Fletcher Ward, where I had more chemotherapy and total body irradiation followed by a stem cell transplant from a very kind UK female donor.

“The support I received from family and friends made all of the difference. My dad lived outside Nottingham and came to visit me every day, my wife Stacey who I married last year made the long trek here three times a week and my colleagues sent her flowers.

“I was so overwhelmed with the support it had me in tears.”

Michael eventually left hospital in December 2013 just in time for Christmas. He said: “I hadn’t been able to by any gifts but Stacey sorted everything for me.”

The were married last year at Monkey World, and celebrated their first anniversary on July 2.

Still suffering with the many after effects from ongoing treatment, he said he heard about the skydive having pledged money to the charity from his Network Rail salary.

Now taking a sabbatical, his focus is getting strong enough to do the skydive with his father. He said: “Every day is a struggle. I need to give my body time for my new immune system to take over.”

To sponsor the skydive at Sibson Airfield visit www.justgiving.com/Michael-Carratt

On the anniversary of his operation, August 21, he is holding a bag pack at Morrisons. To help email michaelcarratt@aol.com