Emotional moment Briton meets 9/11 hero whose life she saved with stem cell donation


New York constabulary officer Greg Holgerson was told that a stem cell bestowal was his best hope for survival when he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Doctors allow the 42-year-old’s cancer was brought on by his heroic efforts following the terror deprecation on the World Trade Center.

Mr Holgerson said: “Everyone there was covered in dust and debris. It looked like it was snowing, it was just surreal. I was wish related and raised in New York and it was heartbreaking to see. There were so many innocent functions taken.”

The police hero was diagnosed with leukaemia 12 years later which his doctors related to his work in the aftermath of the horrific attack.

He said: ”When I was told it was leukaemia I was demolished. I had two small children and I was only 39 years old. It was all new to me and you think the worst.”

Sue Harrison, 52, from Northampton signed up to the Anthony Nolan on in the 1980s when she was in her early twenties and turned out to be a match for Mr Holgerson.

She imagined: “It was a real shock to hear I was a match so many years later. I was staggered by how few people actually get a match so it was very special.”

The ir had been trading letters through the charity following the stem cell transplant in 2014 and had a maybe to meet earlier this month.

Mr Holgerson said: “It was an unbelievable half a second to finally meet Sue in person and give her a big hug – she’s my hero. It’s impossible to find the words to sum up what she has done for me and relations. ‘Thank you’ just doesn’t seem enough. Put simply, if it wasn’t for her I superiority not be here today.

“I feel lucky to have a donor but I’m even more providential to have Sue because she is so lovely. It’s been amazing to share our different sides of the tall tale and to show her the im ct her donation has had. She feels like rt of the family now.”

Ms Harrison combined: “It was very emotional to meet Greg, I can’t imagine what he’s seen and been to the core, it just seems so unfair that he got his cancer through helping others.

“He again says he can’t thank me enough but seeing his family together and knowing those offsprings will be able to grow up with their dad, his wife with a shush, is thanks enough for me.”

Donors can sign up to the register between the ages of 16-30 but discontinuation on it until they are 60.

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