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About MSFDN

Michael Streete – 19th December 1981 – 1st July 2012

Michael was born in Wolverhampton in December 1981. At 18 months old, at certain times when touching parts of Michael’s body such as his hands or feet he would cry out in pain. He was taken to hospital A & E where he was kept in for 2 weeks for observation. This was when Michael was diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia

Michael’s Condition

During the early years of Michael’s life, his symptoms of sickle cell crisis tended to be painful episodes in his joints, hands, feet, shoulders and knees. Other symptoms included lethargy due to a lack of oxygen. He also suffered with stomach aches that turned out to be an enlarged spleen. He tended to have a painful crisis every 6 months or so when he would be admitted into hospital, and would be put on morphine and a saline drip. Michael’s medication consisted of penicillin and folic acid which he took all his life.

Growing up with sickle cell anaemia

As Michael matured, his painful episodes became more frequent, as well as suffering pains in his joints he now also suffered back and chest pains. He was given very strong pain-killers to manage the pain from home but when the pain became unbearable he would be admitted into hospital and put on a drip to keep him hydrated and given morphine. At about 20 years old, as well as penicillin and folic acid Michael was given further medication, hydroxyurea which had to be monitored very carefully as it is a mild form of chemotherapy.

Michael’s Great Personality

ichael was always a happy child and young man. He left school at 16 and was given an apprenticeship with Jacksons Lift Company. He worked hard stayed with the company for 3 years and continued with Crown lifts where he gained his engineering qualification. Michael was loved by all who met him; he was funny, always playing tricks on family and friends. He had so many friends from all around the world, and always ready to lend a helping hand. Michael loved swimming but due to sudden changes in temperature he would always end up in pain, he also loved to play football, but again due to lack of oxygen this made it very difficult to run around for long

Michael’s Great Personality

ichael was always a happy child and young man. He left school at 16 and was given an apprenticeship with Jacksons Lift Company. He worked hard stayed with the company for 3 years and continued with Crown lifts where he gained his engineering qualification. Michael was loved by all who met him; he was funny, always playing tricks on family and friends. He had so many friends from all around the world, and always ready to lend a helping hand. Michael loved swimming but due to sudden changes in temperature he would always end up in pain, he also loved to play football, but again due to lack of oxygen this made it very difficult to run around for long.

Moving to Australia

Michael was due to start his new post on the Monday but had a serious crisis the Sunday night. He was in hospital for almost 3 months. The company was brilliant and kept his job for him, he eventually started in the January. Staying in Australia for 3 years, he had 3 separate long bouts of Sickle crisis, but worked hard in between these episodes. He had a wonderful life travelling around and meeting new people who very quickly grew to become good friends. He spent his 30th birthday in Vegas with friends and enjoyed every moment!

Ready for the next generation

Michael and his fiancée decided they would like to have children and were so happy when they found they were having a baby girl due in October 2012. Unfortunately, Michael passed away July 1st, 2012 three months before his beautiful baby daughter was born. Michael was back in the UK and Italy to be best man at a friend’s wedding early June 2012, they returned to Australia 3 weeks later. During that first week back in Australia Michael complained of pain but still managed to go into work. His consultant gave him antibiotics to combat any lurking infection. On the Saturday evening Michael was at a BBQ laughing and joking as usual with his friends. Sunday he went out to purchase a baby seat for his unborn baby girl that he proudly fixed together. Sunday night he was driven to hospital to be treated as the pain was getting worse. He was given a blood exchange, but wasn’t getting any better. The doctors decided to induce him into a coma to enable his organs and body to start a healing process. Two days later they were transferring him to another hospital when Michael suffered a Heart attack. They worked tirelessly on him for half an hour and brought him back. His family arrived from the UK to be at his bedside, but he never regained consciousness, he also suffered a stroke.

Michael is missed so much and not a day goes by without thinking about him.
“Sometimes we laugh and remember all the good times of which there were many, and sometimes we cry.”
We still can’t believe he’s gone.