Published: 9 November 2009 at 14:25
Matt overcomes all odds to specialise in an area of healthcare close to his heart.
Matt Rutter, a BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology student from the Faculty of Health & Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University who works at Addenbrooke’s hospital has graduated (on 12 November) a decade since receiving life saving treatment for leukaemia.
Matt battled back from leukemia and now works in the same unit where he was once a patient.
The 26-year old, who was named Young Healthcare Scientist 2008 in a national healthcare awards ceremony after being nominated by colleagues and patients at the Addenbrooke's lung function unit, said:
Matt is already planning the next thing in his life, to undertake post-graduate degree studies, although the subject area is still to be decided.
Looking back at the last few years, Matt comments:
Matt was diagnosed with leukemia aged 15. A regular visitor to Addenbrooke's lung function unit, Matt's dream was to work there as a physiologist and following a week's work experience he was offered a job.
As a clinical respiratory physiologist, Matt works with patients suffering from a wide range of conditions, all of which have an impact on their lung function. Carrying out a variety of tests, to measure lung capacity, for example, the work he does helps doctors diagnose and prescribe the right course of treatment.
Matt, originally from Halesworth in Suffolk, currently lives in Cambridge.