Principal Designer, Anthony Takken was given 6 months to live with aggressive blood cancer, survives after Qld medical trial

FATHER-of-two Anthony Takken was given six months to live after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of acute myeloid leukaemia but was thrown a medical lifeline and with it, a chance to see his teenage boys grow into men.

After a worldwide search failed to find a matching bone marrow donor, the Projex Partners Designer was enrolled in a trial allowing him to safely receive a transplant from his brother, Grant, who was only a 50 per cent match.

Four years after receiving genetically engineered immune cells in a bone-marrow transplant, he’s cancer free, back at work three days a week, enjoying international travel and being a Dad to Travis, 22, and Caleb, 21.

In an Australian first, scientists at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute collected immune cells from Grant Takken, then genetically engineered them in the laboratory before transplanting them into Anthony.

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