Meet a walking medical miracle
Published: July 7, 2006 | 4421st good news item since 2003
MIRACLE man Karl Nagy has survived seven bouts of cancer, the loss of a kidney and two heart attacks.
Nine years ago doctors told him he had only three months to live, but Karl, 69, is still here and manages to keep smiling even though he has to take 59 tablets a day to cope with his many conditions. [Life Is Short, Wear Your Party Pants]
Karl was first diagnosed with bone cancer in his hip in 1997 and because it spread to his kidney that had to be removed.
The cancer in his hip recurred and he has since been treated for prostate cancer, cancer in his shoulder, his windpipe and his other kidney.
Incredibly he looks quite healthy and says he has never looked any different ever since he was first diagnosed. He lives at Abington Place, Haverhill, with Joy, his wife of 47 years. He still drives a car and enjoys getting out and about, as well as visiting their five children and 11 grandchildren.
Doctors have described him as a medical miracle, but Karl believes it is his positive attitude which has allowed him to defy their diagnosis and he hopes to inspire others to do the same.
He said: “I saw the consultant last year and he said: ‘You made them look a fool nine years ago and I hope you make me look a fool as well.’ They could not believe me in the hospitals and I would like to thank them all because they are brilliant.
“I must be mad because I am still smiling with all the problems I have had. I think I just have a different outlook on life, I just take whatever it throws at me.
You have just got to get on with it.
When they said I had only three months to live, I did not think it was possible. I did not think it was my time to go. [A Fight for Life: Beating Cancer]
“I am telling my story to encourage other people who get ill to fight and do something about it. You have got to keep going out otherwise it is just too depressing. I have known a lot of people with cancer and when you give up, within two or three months you are dead. Fifty-nine tablets a day is an awful lot, but if that is what it takes what choice do I have?”
Karl came to England 50 years ago after fleeing the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and worked at Bell Precision Engineering in Haverhill for more than 30 years.