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One Manchester City fan got to meet his footballing hero through a lucky connection. Stuart Fyfe who was awaiting surgery for bowel cancer was surprised by his consultant Dr John Bell after sharing with him who his favourite player was. The consultant's dad just happened to be the very man Stuart, 55, was referring too, City legend Colin Bell.
Immediately The Christie consultant arranged a special visit. Jon, said: “I was in the fortunate position where I could help Stuart meet one of his idols, and I was happy to ask my dad if he would come in for a visit.”
Former midfielder Colin said he sympathised with Stuart, having also been diagnosed with bowel cancer previously. He said: “When I heard from Jon that Stuart was such a huge Manchester City fan, I wanted to come in, have a chat and wish him all the best for his operation.”
Stuart said he was now recovering well, and paid tribute to the fantastic care he had been given by everybody who looked after him at the specialist cancer care centre.
He said: “I’ve watched him play so many times and to meet him was a boyhood dream that I’ve now fulfilled. “We had a great chat about how City are doing this season, I couldn’t believe I was sitting opposite my idol.”
Former Manchester City player and England legend Colin Bell paid a special visit to cancer patient Stuart Fyfe just hours before he was due to go in to surgery.
Stuart, 55 from Blackley in Manchester, was first diagnosed with bowel cancer over three years ago.
The cancer went on to spread to his liver, and unfortunately, after numerous chemotherapy sessions and two liver operations, the cancer has not gone into remission.
It was pure coincidence that on one of Stuart’s first visits to The Christie he was treated by Dr Jon Bell, a consultant in interventional radiology, whose father is Colin Bell, the former Manchester City football player.
It was Dr Bell who arranged the visit after learning that Stuart was a massive Manchester City fan and a huge fan of his dad.
My treatment at The Christie has been fantastic throughout all of my different procedures - it really has been second to none. And the visit from Colin Bell goes above and beyond anything I could have expected!
Colin came in to see Stuart while he was preparing for selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) which is an operation that leaves radiation beads within the liver; once placed they emit radiation and burn the tumours in the liver.
Stuart has since had his operation and is recovering well.
I’ve made visits like this in the past, both in my playing days and since I’ve retired.
When I heard from Jon that Stuart was such a huge Manchester City fan, I wanted to come in, have a chat and wish him all the best for his operation.
Stuart and I also share the connection that I was diagnosed and treated for bowel cancer.”
At The Christie we believe patient care is not just physical but psychological as well. I was in the fortunate position where I could help Stuart meet one of his idols, and I was happy to ask my Dad if he would come in for a visit.”
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