A MAN dying from a rare disease has hailed a South Cheshire woman as his Christmas miracle after her work saved his life.
Peter Cartwright, who lives in Sandbach Road, Church Lawton, was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer a year ago and needed an urgent bone marrow transplant to survive.
His only hope was pinned on Tracy Howe, from St John's Way, Sandbach Heath.
She was the Manchester Christie's Hospital expert responsible for finding a donor from a national register.
Peter, 46, needed a miracle because the chances of finding a suitable match were so remote.
But now, after a successful transplant, the JCB salesman is back at work.
'I can't thank Tracy enough. Without her help in finding me a donor I can't bear to think what would have happened,' said Peter.
'I just wanted to find a way of saying thanks to her because I am over the moon. I feel perfect and it is the best Christmas miracle I could have wished for.'
Peter suprised Tracy with a VIP day out at JCB's international headquarters at Rocester, Staffordshire.
She was picked up from home by a chauffeur-driven limousine and was greeted by lines of diggers with their arms raised in salute.
Tracy, 35, the former transplant co-ordinator at Christie's in Manchester, said: 'It was a lovely surprise and a nice feeling to play an important part in helping someone get better.
'You do get close to a patient and their family when you treat in this way, and become part of an extended family. It is special one-to-one care in which you spend quality special time.'
Tracy has changed jobs, switching to Healthcare at Home, a company providing care for cancer sufferers nationwide but has continued to look after Peter as a home carer.