Man's amazing fight for life
A “MEDICAL miracle” who was told nine years ago he had three months to live believes his positive outlook on life has kept him alive.Kalman Nagy has been diagnosed with seven cancers including tumours, has had a kidney removed and has suffered two heart attacks but yesterday the pensioner said he still loves life.
A “MEDICAL miracle” who was told nine years ago he had three months to live believes his positive outlook on life has kept him alive.
Kalman Nagy has been diagnosed with seven cancers including tumours, has had a kidney removed and has suffered two heart attacks but yesterday the pensioner said he still loves life.
The 69-year-old from Haverhill also believes he can beat the cancers he has carried for almost a decade despite the many difficulties he has faced.
The former engineer, who moved to Britain from Hungary half a century ago, takes 59 tablets a day to fight the cancer, which has claimed a kidney and at one stage threatened to choke him with tumours in his throat.
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The shocking three-month prognosis was made after Mr Nagy twisted and fell after a day's work and he lay unable to move for two hours.
After he was found by his wife, doctors discovered he had broken his hip but after tests cancer was diagnosed in his hip bone and Mr Nagy was given just three months to live.
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Mr Nagy said: “I came home from work and I just twisted and fell. I lay there for two hours before my wife Joyce came home and called the ambulance.
“It took them four days to find the cancer and when they told me I had three months to live I just didn't believe it.
“But Joyce didn't take it too well and she ran away and had to be brought home. She is not as good as coping with it as I am but over nine years she has got used to it. I wouldn't have made it so far without her - she does everything for me.
“My survival has got a lot to do with how you look at life. For a lot of people if they were told they had three months to live and they were tied to a bed so they can't move they would have just given up.
“I want people to know they can get better - you have to help yourself and never give up - you always have a chance.
“I hope I will get better. Every month I say to myself I am still here and I hope to be here next year.”
Mr Nagy has had cancer in his windpipe, shoulder, prostate and in his one remaining kidney, which had been described as untreatable by doctors.
Only last November he was told he had three more cancers but he is now receiving treatment for his remaining kidney.
“When I go to hospital I don't think 'this is it now' - I am going 'I think I am going to get better and go home',” he said.
“I want everyone in a similar position to me to never give up because if you do you might as well curl up and die.”