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Sean is Holden the new baby

A HART councillor is celebrating the birth of his latest miracle child.

A HART councillor is celebrating the birth of his latest miracle child.

Sean Holden was told he could not have any children after surviving leukaemia and a bone marrow transplant in 1995.

But since then he has developed his broadcasting career, set up a business, stood for parliament and had four children.

Four-year-old Jude was a miracle of IVF, while the next three — Jake, two, Freya, one, and new arrival Finn — were further miracles as they were naturally conceived.

"My wife Corinna has five lives around her where she may have had none," said Cllr Holden, who lives in Chatter Alley, Dogmersfield and represents Fleet West ward.

"It's a triumph for life and hopefully this will give hope for others."

Cllr Holden features in a new film entitled Talking About Leukaemia, which includes survivors talking about how they dealt with the deadly disease, which kills 40-70% of its victims.

The film has been adopted by the Leukaemia Research Fund and everyone from now on who is diagnosed with the cancer will be given a copy.

"The point about Talking About Leukaemia is that it answers important, even vital questions that spring straight to the lips of whose who are given the catastrophic news that they have blood cancer," said Cllr Holden.

"The people in the film know what they are talking about in a way that no-one else who has not been there can know."

Television producer Sophie Chalk made the video having been inspired by her friend Rachel Howard, who had developed acute myeloid leukaemia.

"Rachel felt that the introductory guides and books were inadequate or completely failed to understand the patient's perspective as they embarked upon the frightening ordeal," said Cllr Holden, who has worked as a political reporter for TVam, for Meridian TV and has reported freelance for ITN and Sky News.

"Sadly Rachel did not survive but her idea, in this film, has."

Cllr Holden added: "When I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in March 1995 one of the very first things my consultant at Frimley Park Hospital, Dr John Van de Pette told me was that holding a positive attitude made a difference between life and death.

"I think he is right, though his skill and that of all the medical staff, my sister Sara's bone marrow donation and luck might have all had a teensy weensy bit to do with it too.

"Survivors in the future who get the benefit of Talking About Leukaemia can add Sophie Chalk's name to the list of those who really helped them through as the maker of this special film.

"I am proud to be part of it because her energy and understanding, driven by the vision of her friend Rachel Howard, have brought into being something of great value to thousands of people she will never meet."


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